Event Information

Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park 2019 produced by Art Colony Association

Memorial Park, Houston
Houston, Texas (South)

Phone: 713-521-0133
Event Dates: 3/29/19 - 3/31/19
Application Deadline: 12/2/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $45.00

You can submit up to 5 applications for this show.


Event Summary
About Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park

Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park is the nation’s premier spring outdoor fine art event and kicks off the spring Texas art festival circuit. The festival has been consistently ranked among the top 10 in Sunshine Artist's 200 Best.
  • Conveniently located five miles from Downtown, two miles from the Galleria area and neighboring the elegant residential communities of River Oaks and Memorial, Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park is an artist's dream.
  • Bayou City Art Festival has a demonstrated history in strong sales for artists.
  • National studies show Houstonians consistently have twice the discretionary income that workers in similar industries have around the country.
  • We are the first stop for fine artists on the Texas Fine Art Festival tour and we look forward to hosting you in Houston!

General Information

Visit our website for more information.

Jury Information and Policies

  1. Our panel consists of 5 - 7 jurors. All judges are selected based on their specific interests, professional knowledge and/or background in the arts.
  2. Festival staff members are not voting members of the panel and their opinions are not reflected in final jury scores.
  3. Jurors change with each event.
  4. Work is scored on a 1 to 7 scale. Judges are instructed not to award scores of 4.
  5. All five slides, four shots of the work and one booth shot, are projected simultaneously. Judges have access to the artist's statement but are not shown the artist's name or any other identifying information. Please do not include your name or any identifying information in your submitted images.
  6. Jurors are asked to review all applications and assign preliminary scoring at their leisure online during the week prior to the projected jury.
  7. The jury is not conducted as a personal critique and as such, individual responses are not recorded.


Houston Police Department and Harris County Sheriff’s Department officers provide 24-hour security beginning 2 days prior to load-in through complete load-out

Patron art pick-up provided at police-secured holding area

Booth-sitting provided

Asphalt and concrete surfaces

Special large area on natural turf for Sculpture, Metal, and Yard/Garden art

Discounted artists' rates at partner hotel

Admission: adults $15, children 5-12 $5, under 5 free. 

Festival features a Creative Zone (interactive art activities for kids), Performance Art from some of Houston's best nonprofit organizations, food court and beer and wine cafes.

Booth Fees: $500 - $1750

Electric: Available in some areas. No outside generators allowed.

Cash Prizes are awarded for Best in Show, Second and Third, as selected by our on-site judges. Ribbons are awarded for Best Booth. All winners receive jury exempt status for two years. 

Artist Relations Services
Designated parking, laminated booth signs, promotional Ecards, exhibitor identification badges, booth sitters, and hotel referrals are provided. 24-hour security is provided during the Festival weekend. Transportation from artist parking area to festival gate provided.


2019 Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park Important Dates:

  • Application Deadline December 2, 2018
  • December 3-9, 2018   Jury at Art Colony Association, Inc. Offices
  • December 10-14, 2018 Artist Are Invited and Informed

Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park & Bayou City Art Festival Downtown presented by Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA)

Both internationally award winning Festivals not only showcase the finest art in the nation and from around the world, but also feature incredible performing arts. The ACA staff is dedicated to the exhibiting artist, whose talents make this festival successful and whose contributions will meet a shared goal of promoting the arts and raising funds for local area non-profits.

Twice a year, over 1000 qualified applicants from around the world submit their applications to be scrutinized by the Art Colony Association Jurors. Only juried Artists will be selected to exhibit per festival, many of whom are featured in fine art galleries and in prominent personal and museum collections around the world. The bi-annual festivals allow art collectors the opportunity to personally meet the artist, view original works, and purchase world-class art. The experience that develops between a patron and the artist may last a lifetime.

The 19 fine art/fine crafts categories are:

  1. Clay
  2. Digital (not photography)
  3. Drawing/ Pastel
  4. Fiber/ Textiles
  5. Functional Art (includes furniture, wearable art, etc.)
  6. Glass
  7. Jewelry
  8. Leather
  9. Metal
  10. Mixed Media 2D
  11. Mixed Media 3D
  12. Painting/ Acrylic or Oil
  13. Painting/ Watercolor
  14. Photography/ Digital or Computer Manipulated
  15. Photography/ Traditional Film (no machine enhancements)
  16. Printmaking/ Intaglio, Relief and Planographic
  17. Rising Talent
  18. Sculpture/ 3D - 1 medium (Clay, Glass, Metal, Stone or Wood)
  19. Wood (decorative)

The nonprofit partners of the BCAF include a wide array of local Houston organizations. Our nonprofit partners offer volunteer support that allows the festivals to run smoothly. Each festival requires 800 volunteers doing everything from building the festival and greeting patrons to teaching children art projects in the Creative Zone.

The ACA relies on our nonprofit partners for the success of the festivals through patron and artist hospitality, which in turn generates more funds for their local programs.
In these times when funding from federal, state, and local government is being reduced and the philosophy of finding private avenues for funding nonprofit organizations becomes embraced, the success of the Bayou City Art Festivals for our nonprofit partners is paramount to their continued work and service in the community.

The ACA is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors and  Executive Director Roger Bare


Festival Eligibility & Rules

  1. Returning Artists wanting same booth location are priority placed. If you are a returning artist wanting a specific booth space, please follow the instructions in the invitation email.
  2. Booth spaces are assigned in the following order of priority:
    1. Bayou City Art Festival Award Winners and Featured Artists in their jury exempt period (meaning artists who won an award at Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park 2016 or any Bayou City Art Festival since)
    2. Returning Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park artists wanting similar/close to same space as 2018
    3. Returning Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park artists from 2018 wanting to move
    4. New artists and returning artists that did not show in Bayou City Art Festival 2018
    5. Artists admitted off of the waitlist
  3. Artists whose payments are late will lose priority.
  4. Corner and double booths are limited and will be available on ZAPP on a first come, first served basis starting the day invitation emails are sent. Though we cannot guarantee all artists will receive their booth location choice, we make every effort to place the artist in the general location that is requested. Instructions on how to request a booth location will be included in the invitation email.
  5. The Festival is open to all applying Artists. All exhibitors are presented to the jury without distinction as having been a previous exhibitor.
  6. If two or more persons collaborate to produce original work, each person must be identified on the Application. No work by apprentices or employees will be accepted. Commercial agents, dealers, or manufacturers are not eligible to enter. No kits, molds, tumbled stones, embellished objects or edible art may be submitted.
  7. Artists may jury in more than one category, but not with the same body of work. Only one application may be submitted per body of work with a jury fee for each category. Artist must use the same name for both applications. Artists whose work is selected in multiple categories will exhibit in one booth space.
  8. Only artists accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry.
  9. All Artists must be present on site during the entire festival. Spouses or other representatives will not be permitted to substitute for the artist. A picture ID is required at time of check-in.
  10. Artists must define “a limited edition” through their Artist Statement and must disclose their process to the buyer. Original art must occupy more than 50% of the applicant’s booth space. Postcards, books, note cards, posters, and t-shirts are not permitted.
  11. All hanging work must be suitably framed. Prints must be appropriately matted and must be displayed in a suitable portfolio or stand.
  12. Prints exhibited by artists accepted in the graphics/printmaking category must be limited editions and properly signed and numbered. Reproductions of other 2-D work must be clearly labeled “Reproduction."
  13. Ceramic works must be handmade by the artist. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each must be signed.
  14. Participating exhibitors are responsible for collecting and paying current city and state sales tax for all sales made during the show.
  15. One exhibitor is allowed per booth showing the medium that was juried into the festival.
  16. Artists must comply with all staff and uniformed security regarding site safety and regulations. Vehicles must be parked only in designated areas; noncompliance will result in elimination from consideration for any future festivals.
  17. Each artist must supply their own 10’ x 10’ clean white tent. Exhibit space is approximately 10’ x 10’. Rentals are acceptable and available when making your booth order on ZAPP. No outside rentals will be allowed.
  18. The Fine Art Festival industry at large does not allow galleries or artist’s representatives to show at juried art festivals, nor do we.
  19. No commission on sales is collected by the Bayou City Art Festival.
  20. Festival Hours: 10 am - 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Artist must be present in the booth at all times. If both artists collaborate equally, both artists must be present in the booth at all times.
  21. Festival display must match submitted booth shot. Only items visible in your booth slide should appear in your festival display. This includes, but is not limited to: browse boxes, flip bins, and the like; cash carts; pedestals; display cases; signage; racks of any type; and other paraphernalia that would normally occupy the interior space of your booth or location (Chairs and other types of seating are excepted)
  22. The amount of inventory that you intend to display or otherwise present at the show must be clearly evident in the booth slide, and within a margin of variation of approximately 20%. For example: If you jury with five framed pieces, then we expect that only five or six framed pieces will be hung in your booth at any one time for the duration of the show.
  23. The different types of work(s) to be displayed for sale at the show should correspond to the work submitted in the booth slide. The display on the slide should match your display at the show in the approximate proportion of number and price point of works. Types of work not present in the booth slide will not be permitted at the show, nor will disproportionately larger amounts of any one body or type of work.
  24. Artists should not be present in their booth slides, nor should their names be visible in any of the submitted images.
  25. The use of panel risers or extenders to increase height is not permitted unless your booth slide at jury has included them.
  26. The use of “appendages;” i.e., extra display panels that do not appear in your booth slide at jury and those which encroach upon public and/or artists’ spaces, will not be permitted.
  27. The only signages permitted at the show without prior approval are: The booth/artist identification sign provided by the festival; the artist’s statement provided by the festival; and price and title tags. Artists whose names and/or studio names are permanently affixed to the tent or booth must obtain prior approval immediately upon acceptance. Unacceptable signage includes, but is not limited to, magazine and/or newspaper articles; banners of any type; ribbons or other documentation of past accolades and/or awards.
  28. Exceptions to any of the above may be requested after acceptance of the invitation. All exceptions must be in place at least 30 days prior to the festival and will be documented by festival staff with approval by the Festival Director.
  29. All disputes that result in an artist being disqualified from appearing at our show will result in a 100% refund of booth fee (not jury fee) provided that disqualification occurs before the artist’s appointed load in time. Disqualifications that arise after the show opens will not be accorded refunds, and the artist shall have no recourse.
  30. Artists needing more storage than is allowed for in the booth space they have purchased must inform festival staff 30 days prior to arrival. Any storage that detracts from the overall booth or festival appearance will be considered an infraction and can result in the artist being asked to leave.
  31. Artists who will utilize more space than the booth they purchase allows for will need to approve the booth footprint with festival staff 30 days prior to load in. Any placement of artwork that detracts from the overall booth or festival appearance, or that infringes on another artist's booth space will be considered an infraction and can result in the artist being asked to leave.
  32. Rising Talent Program: Designed specifically for artists who have little to no experience exhibiting and selling their artwork. Qualifying artists have participated in a total of two or fewer art festivals, gallery shows or similar. The application procedure and fees are the same as the regular show, however, upon acceptance, Rising Talent will pay a lower booth fee, have a tent provided and receive mentoring through the Arts Festival. Artists may apply to the Rising Talent Program or to the regular Application Process, but they may not apply to both. Artists who meet the requirements of the Rising Talent Program are encouraged to apply. The Art Festival reserves the right to pre-screen Rising Talent artists to make sure they are a fit for this category.
    Artists accepted in the Rising Talent Program will be placed in the Rising Talent area of the festival as determined by show producer.
    All artists will jury with their body of work as they normally do.
  33.  ACA Booth Fee Refund Policy: With documented reasons for cancellation, ACA will offer refunds starting after the first day of purchase and up to 45 days prior to the opening day of the festival. Refunds are issued by check and will be mailed to the artist's address provided in ZAPP. All refund requests must be submitted by email to artist@bayoucityartfestival.com with a brief explanation for cancelation.
  34. Up to 60 days prior to Festival opening date-Full refund less $100
    59 days prior to the festival opening date-45 days prior to festival opening date: 50% refund

  35. No refunds are given after 45 days prior to the festival opening date
34. Must be 18 or older to participate as an artist. Exceptions will be considered for special circumstances. The artist's guardian must contact the Artist Relations Director prior to applying.
The Bayou City Art Festivals want to encourage artistic exploration while maintaining the high standards of the jury process. We appreciate that we are collaborators in the art festival industry and want to give artists the opportunity to share Fresh Perspectives.

While every effort will be made to conduct the Festival under these rules and regulations, Festival Producers reserve the right to make changes to the rules and regulations at their discretion. 

Booth Information
For reference only and subject to change in 2018 based on festival budget.
  • Single booth--$500--10'2"x10' with 1 selling side (a 10' section across the front; booths abutting on both sides)
  • Corner booth--$750--10'2"x10' with 2 selling sides (a 10' section across the front and 1 along an empty side; no tent on one side of your space, leaving you 5’ of selling space on that side)
  • Double2 booth--$1000-10'2"x20' with 2 selling sides (two side by side 10' sections across the front; booths abutting on each side)
  • Double3 booth--$1250--10'2"x20' with 3 selling sides (two side-by-side 10' sections across the front and one along one side; no tent on one side of your space, leaving you 5’ of selling space on that side)
  • Double4 booth--$1750--10'2"x20' with 4 selling sides (two side-by-side 10' sections across the front and one along each side; no tent on either side of your space, leaving you 5’ of selling space on each side)
  • Tent: Single-- (10 x 10) $300, Double (10 x 20)--$450
    We use a professional commercial tenting set up and taken down by the tent rental company. The tent is heavy duty and is weighted down with water barrels. When a tent is rented, the tent is erected for the artists with 4 side walls and then loaded out after the artist is packed up and gone. For insurance reasons, we do not allow tent rentals from outside sources.
  • Folding Chairs $5.00 each
  • Folding Table (8’) -- $15.00 each
  • Folding Table (6’) -- $15.00 each
  • Electricity (4-outlet box)--$200


Must adhere to specific times as directed by festival staff

No set-up allowed after 9 a.m. opening day

All tents must be white, professional quality, properly weighted on all 4 corners. Weights should not extend into pedestrian traffic areas or cause trip hazards.

Artists can check-in on Wednesday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Artists must load-in during their selected hour-long load-in time. 

Artists will be sent a BOOTH REQUEST form to submit with their desired location.  Booths are placed only when payment is made.  Booth requests are not valid unless the booth fee is paid.