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Art Colony Association, Inc. to Announce Middle School Student Finalists for Bayou City Art Festival 


“Art in the Middle” Reception for the 11th Annual Middle School Art Competition 

Saturday, February 10, 2024 

HOUSTON, January 22, 2024 – The Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA), the producer of Bayou City Art Festival, will announce the top 30 finalists for its 11th Annual Middle School Art Competition at the “Art in the Middle” reception on Saturday, February 10, 2024, from 2-4 p.m. at the River Oaks Shopping Center, 2040 West Gray, Ste. 100, Houston 77019.


The Middle School Art Competition is an education initiative offered by ACA for students in grades 5-8 from Houston area private schools, charter schools, and public independent school districts. The art contest offers middle school students the opportunity to participate in a 2-D juried competition, have their art displayed in public, interact with working artists, and win prizes for themselves and their school’s art program.  


The public along with students, parents, teachers, and district representatives are invited to attend the “Art in the Middle” reception and view artwork from more than 700 participating students. During the reception, light bites and refreshments will be served, and Houston Artist Tony Parana will be the special guest speaker.


The top 30 finalists’ art will be on display at the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown on March 23-24, 2024. The finalists’ artwork will also be posted for web-based voting to determine the “People's Choice Award”. Online voting will take place February 14 through February 29, 2024, at Additionally, the finalists will receive tickets to the Downtown Spring Festival and a finalist award ribbon.   


ACA will announce 1st, 2nd and 3rd place along with the winner of the People’s Choice Award” at a special reception at Bayou City Art Festival on Sunday, March 24, 2024, at 1 p.m. 




Art in the Middle Reception

Saturday, February 10, 2024

2-4 p.m.

River Oaks Shopping Center

2040 West Gray, Ste. 100

Houston, TX 77019 

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About Bayou City Art Festival: 

Since the founding of the Westheimer Art Festival, now known as Bayou City Art Festival, the Art Colony Association, Inc. has raised more than $3.6 million for local nonprofit programs from the proceeds of its festivals. Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park in the spring and Bayou City Art Festival Downtown in the fall has provided a venue for more than 20,000 artists to showcase their work to thousands of art lovers from all over the world. The festivals are funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, corporate sponsorships, private contributions, in-kind support, and volunteer assistance. 


Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please visit   


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