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7/30/2009 HOUSTON – Houston’s nationally ranked Bayou City Art Festivals continue their award-winning ways by bringing home a record eight 2009 Texas Festivals & Events Association (TFEA) honors. The juried fine art Festivals, presented by Art Colony Association, received the prestigious marketing awards, including six first-place honors, earlier this month at the organization’s annual conference in Fort Worth.

“We’re proud of the work the Art Colony has produced and the regional, as well as national recognition it has achieved for Bayou City Art Festivals,” said Joe Pogge, Art Colony Association Board President. Earlier this year the Festivals received the ranking of #3 art festivals in the country by the readers of AmericanStyle magazine as well as being voted the Click2Houston “Best Art Gallery in Houston.” In 2008 the Festivals earned several International Festival & Events Association (IFEA) Gold and Silver Pinnacle Awards.
Competing against other festivals held in Texas with similar budgets, the Bayou City Art Festivals (BCAF) were honored as follows:

First Place

Best Full-Length TV Program (Ch. 13 TV Special) - BCAF Downtown 2008
Best Commemorative Poster - BFAF Downtown 2008
Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials - BCAF Memorial Park 2009
Best Outdoor Billboard - BCAF Downtown 2008
Best Sponsor Follow-Up Report - BCAF Downtown 2008
Best T-Shirt Design - BCAF Downtown 2008

Second Place
Best Commemorative Poster - BCAF Memorial Park 2009

Third Place
Best Outdoor Billboard - BCAF Memorial Park 2009

TFEA, an official affiliate of the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA), is a professional trade association for Texas-based festival and event planners, volunteers and suppliers.

The next Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, set for October 10-11, is a one-of-a-kind outdoor gallery framed by Houston’s world-class skyline. Over the two-day festival, art lovers enjoy the mix of visual, performing, culinary and interactive arts set up in pedestrian promenades in and around downtown Houston’s City Hall/Hermann Square, Houston Public Library Downtown Plaza and Sam Houston Park, home to the Capital One Bank Creative Zone and international food and wine cafes.
. The City of Houston and Houston Parks & Recreation Department, Budweiser, Capital One Bank, KTRK-TV, Houston Chronicle and Legacy at Memorial high-rise apartments are among the Festival sponsors. The Festival is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.