Call to Artists -Deadline Sept 24, 2010
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Airport Restroom Vestibules Project Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Deadline: September 24, 2010

The Broward Cultural Council Public Art and Design Program is seeking to commission a professional artist or team of artists to create original artworks for all restroom vestibule walls in Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Agency: Aviation Department
The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is designated A Place for People, and facilitates the belief that a modern airport serving millions can still be visually appealing and stimulating to the senses. From its 9,000 foot main runway, non-stop service is provided to South America, Mexico, Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and more than 70 U.S. cities. The facility handles 612 air carrier flights daily carrying a total average of almost 60,000 passengers a day. The airport maintains a special relationship with Port Everglades, the second largest cruise terminal in the world, located just eight minutes away by shuttle bus. The airport has four terminals and several multi-level parking garages. Major art projects at the airport include works by Alice Adams, Pam Beyette, Carolyn Braaksma, Clyde Butcher, James Carpenter, Miles Coolidge, Paul DeMarinis, Jim Green, Liam Gillick, Duane Hanson, Jody Pinto, Thomas Sayre, Suzanne Scherer & Pavel Ouporov, and Keith Sonnier.  

Artwork Scope
The artworks, to be located at the vestibule entrance walls of all restrooms in Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4 (a total of 42 entrance walls), must create strong visual consistency that assists travelers with the identification of restroom locations throughout the terminals.  These entrances shall be visible from the distance, eye-catching, and easily recognized.  The selected artist or team of artists must design original artworks that offer a unique and positive visual experience for airport visitors that is reflective of the region and that enhance the aesthetic appearance of these high-traffic spaces.  

The design(s) must take into consideration existing adjacent art projects and the terminals’ interior design finishes to create a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing space for visitors moving through the terminals. The artworks must be able to withstand heavy physical contact and be permanent, durable, easy to clean, and low maintenance.

Each one of the 42 entrance walls measures approximately 4’ wide by 9’ high.

Project Considerations
Artists must work closely with Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport staff and the project consultant teams.  Artists must also consider the following:

  • Design and construction documents for Terminals 3 and 4.
  • The Airport Terminals Interior Clarification Plan.
  • ADA Accessibility Standards.

Artist Services

The following activities may be required:

  • Development of a concept for the art project.
  • Design modification, as needed, to seamlessly integrate the artist designed elements into the base building Construction Documents (if timing permits).
  • Fabrication, installation, and coordination with the project’s General Contractor and Airport Expansion Program Managers during construction phase (if applicable).
  • Community Interaction.
  • Educational Outreach. 

Anticipated Art Project Schedule

Artist Selection:  November 2010
Design Completion:  
February, 2011
Design Installation:
  April – May, 2011

Art Project Budget
The total budget established for the Project is $450,000.  The budget includes all costs:  i.e., research, community and agency meeting costs, design, materials, fabrication, permits, installation, insurance, proposals, travel, sales tax, and transportation. 

Artist Eligibility
The project is open to all professional artists working in any media.  Artists must be able to work effectively within the aggressive project timeline and collaborate with the architect of record, general contractor, and multiple governmental and community groups.

Application Process
The Broward Cultural Division manages the application process.  An Artist Selection Panel will review the applications.  This Panel includes a member of the Public Art and Design Committee, arts professionals, and an agency and community representative.  The selection panel will review the submissions and invite a short list of artists to develop a preliminary proposal and to be interviewed.  Finalists will be paid a $2,000 honorarium for the proposal and presentation expenses.  Finalists’ proposals must include a written narrative, estimated project budget, and visual materials (renderings and models) necessary to convey the initial concept or approach to the project.  Proposals, including models/maquettes, become property of Broward County.

*Very important to follow requirements exactly in order to be considered for Call

Application Requirements
Applications must be submitted via the CaFÉ™ web site at, and must include:

  • Letter of Interest – The letter should state interest in the project, outline artist’s approach to public art and highlight relevant past experience on projects of similar budget and scope.
  • Professional Résumé – Include public art experience with budget size of past projects and contact information.  Teams must submit one résumé for each team member. 
  • Electronic Images– Artist must submit 10 digital images of most recent work.  All images must be saved using a file name and number that corresponds to the Annotated Image List (see below).  Each digital image must feature a single work.  Composites of various artworks in a single image will be discarded.  Teams may submit 10 digital images for each team member.
  • Annotated Image List – Include name of artist, title of work, media, size, location of artwork, project budget, image name, number and any other relevant information.

NOTE: Hard copy materials will not be accepted for this call.  First time CaFÉ™ applicants must allow enough time to prepare their CaFÉ™ formatted digital images and electronic submission prior to the deadline.  CaFÉ™ research has shown it takes approximately 1.5 hours to prepare images and submit application.

About CaFÉ™
The CaFÉ™ ( online application process is a Web-based service that allows users to easily and cost-effectively apply for visual art calls for entry.  The service, provided by WESTAF, is especially designed for use in public art and other visual arts competition programs.  For technical support, contact:

Application Deadline
Friday, September 24, 2010 – 12:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) or 10:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Contact:  Christina Roldan, Public Art and Design Project Manager
Phone:  (954) 357-8542   FAX:  (954) 357-5769

Public Art and Design Committee Members
Anthony Abbate, Chair
Janet Gold, Kona Gray, Anthony Lauro, Michael Mattox, Kasama Polakit, and Aron Temkin.
Broward Cultural Division, Mary A. Becht, Director

Public Art and Design Program

The Broward County Public Art and Design Program celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007.  The purpose of the program is to contribute to the enhancement of the built environment through the creation of commissioned works of art that create a sense of place, that improve the visual environment for the citizens of Broward County, and that advance the missions of the County departments where the projects are situated. Commissioned artworks are the result of a dynamic interaction between selected artists and local community and constituent groups during the design phase of each project.

The Broward County Public Art and Design Program is recognized with distinction in national and international circles.  In 2002, four of Broward County’s public artworks were selected among an international ensemble of some of the world’s finest public artworks and listed in the Australian publication, Designing the World’s Best Public Art. “Broward County Public Art and Design program is a national leader in developing model public art policies and best practices, producing exemplary public artworks synthesizing design excellence. Broward County has received five Americans for the Arts Year in Review public art awards over the past eight years, an indicator of the program’s outstanding commitment in advancing art and design.” Liesel Fenner ASLA, Manager of Public Art Network for Americans for the Arts.  Broward County Public Art installations include works by:  Alice Adams, Carolyn Braaksma, Clyde Butcher, James Carpenter, Carl Cheng, Miles Coolidge, Dan Corson, George Gadson, Harries / Heder Collaborative, Duane Hanson, Chris Janney, Lorna Jordan, Patricia Leighton, Gary Moore, Barbara Neijna, Jody Pinto, Ray Olivero, Beth Ravitz, Thomas Sayre, Martha Schwartz, Ned Smyth and Ritsuko Taho.

An artist selection panel is created for each project.  The Selection Panel reviews applications and recommends artists to the Public Art and Design Committee.  The Public Art and Design Committee is composed of seven Broward County citizens including artists, arts administrators, designers and urban planners, appointed by the Broward Cultural Council.  Upon recommendation by the Public Art and Design Committee, the Broward Cultural Council reviews and determines recommendations for the purchase of all artwork and artists services to the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.   For more information, go to

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Since the arrival of the first Florida East Coast Railway car in 1896, agriculture was the mainstay of Broward County’s early economy.  Farming has nearly disappeared.  The eastern third of the county (410 square miles) is almost built out. The undeveloped, protected western two-thirds of the county consist of wetlands and the Everglades.  High and mid-rise development exists at various locations throughout the county particularly downtown, mid-town (Cypress Creek/I-95 area) and along the Atlantic coastline.  Over 1.8 million people live in the County’s 31 municipalities, and unincorporated areas as well as Seminole Tribe of Florida reservations.  Broward is one of six counties in Florida where minorities constitute the majority.  Census figures indicate that Broward’s minority population increased from 52.3 percent in 2007, to 53 percent in 2008.  The racial composition is 48% white, 24% black, 5% other and mixed races with 23% of Hispanic origin.  For additional county statistics, see  Among the unusual characteristics:  246 miles of canals; highest point is 25 feet above mean sea level; numerous seasonal residents; 7.5 million annual tourists and major cruise ship terminals.  The climate is sub-tropical (75.4F average annual temperature) with wet summer and fall, and dry spring and winter seasons.  For more information, visit the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau webpage at