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 Call To Artists



Port Everglades
Palm Garage Art Project

Due: Extended to September 12th

In partnership with Port Everglades, Broward County, Florida, Broward Cultural Division's Public Art & Design Program is seeking to commission one artist or artist team (Artist) to transform the face of the 5-story daytime-parking garage, adjacent to Cruise terminal (CT) 21 and serving CT 25 and 26, all located on Eller Drive in the Midport section of the port. The proposed artwork shall be visible to all visitors accessing the garage and shall visually affirm that they have arrived at their destination. The proposed artwork shall contribute to the Port's resolve to establish an artistic sense of place for Port Everglades visitors. This sense of place shall be based on elements of the Everglades.

Agency: Port Everglades Department
If the Port could change anything about itself, it would not be the fact that it is consistently ranked as one of the three busiest cruise ports in the world, it would not be that it is the number 1 container and perishables port in Florida, it would not be that that the Port employs more than 13,000 people, it would be its name. Port Miami, Port Tampa, Port Charlotte and Port Savannah among others enjoy an immediate sense of place aligned with their cities, airports, and tourism promotions. Port Everglades on the other hand must work hard to be memorable by creating a sense of place. Artistic elements that contribute to our Everglades brand reinforce the feelings of identity to the Port. It reinforces the visitor's experience when they hear or think of the name: Port Everglades.
Project Description
The artwork shall be visible to people traveling by car at a 25 mph speed along Eller Drive as they approach the 3 cruise terminals and the parking garage. The artwork, which could be a mural and could contain wall mounted elements designed to withstand winds of up to 152 mph, requiring an engineered anchoring system designed by a Florida licensed structural engineer. The shortlisted artists will receive additional information about the project including maps, photos, and architectural drawings of the Palm Garage.
Design Parameters
This public art project must meet Florida Building Code requirements and the installation of the artwork must not harm existing structures or Port property. The shortlisted artists' design proposal shall include all architectural or engineering interface, such as structural support, if required. Considering that the garage is not in use at night, electrical services such as power or lighting are limited to existing exterior lighting options.
Artist Services

  • Design development of approved conceptual design
  • 2-dimensional visual representation of the approved design
  • Fabrication, delivery and installation of the artwork
  • Site visits, as required by the Contract Administrator

Art Project Budget
The total budget established for this project shall not exceed $70,000. The budget must include Artist's design fee, presentation expenses, artwork fabrication, artwork delivery, artwork installation, insurance, travel, and Artist's contingency, and all applicable taxes. The budget shall also include collaboration via phone or in person, and meetings with County agencies, Florida licensed structural engineer, general contractor, and engineers needed to prepare the construction documents or permit drawings, as needed.
Artist Eligibility
Call to Artists is open to professional artists eighteen years of age or older, residing in the United States who have not been previously selected for a Broward County project in the past 10 years, and have demonstrated experience managing mural projects with a budget of $50,000 or more.
Application Process and Selection Criteria
The Broward Cultural Division manages the application process. An Artist Selection Panel (Panel) will review the applications. This Panel includes a member of the Public Art & Design Committee, arts professionals, and an agency and community representative. The Panel shall review the applicants and select a shortlist of finalists based on the excellence of previous work of similar scope, as demonstrated by the visuals and other submission materials. The Panel will also consider the versatility and appropriateness of the media in which the shortlisted artists have demonstrated proficiency, as it relates to the scope of this project.
Shortlisted artists will be invited to develop conceptual design proposals to present in person or by videoconference to the Artist Selection Panel. Finalists will receive more information about the project and have one (1) month to prepare a conceptual design proposal for review by the Panel. Finalists will be paid a $1500 honorarium for the proposal. Travel, lodging, and presentation expenses will be paid with receipts up to $500. Finalists' proposals must include a written narrative, estimated project budget, and visual materials (drawings and optional models) necessary to convey the initial concept or approach to the project. Proposals, including models/maquettes, become property of Broward County and will not be returned. Finalists must submit one (1) digital copy (PC compatible media) of their full presentation five (5) business days prior to the scheduled date of the finalist interviews. The County reserves the right to re-issue this Call to Artists, to reject any and all responses to this Call, and to negotiate with any qualified artist selected for this project.
Anticipated Art Project Schedule
  • Selection of Finalists for Call to Artists: October 2018
  • Finalists Interviews, and Artist Selection: November 2018
  • Artwork Completion and Installation:TBD, as coordinated with Port Everglades - April 2019 or earlier
Application Requirements
Applications must be submitted via the Submittable website (see button below) and must include: 

  • Professional Résumé Artist shall include public art commissions with contact information for Project Manager or Program Director and budget size of past projects.
  • Electronic Images Artist and Professional Visual Artist must submit 10 digital images of most recent relevant work in one PDF document format. 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 not be considered.
  • Annotated Image List Include name of artist, title of work, year, media, size, and location of artwork and/or project, project budget, image number and any other relevant information.
NOTE: Hard copy materials will not be accepted for this Call to Artists. Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Port Everglades Public Art Master Plan by downloading a PDF from the Cultural Division website

Application Deadline
September 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Contact: Dominique Denis, Public Art & Design Project Manager
Phone: (954) 357-7236
Public Art & Design Committee Members
Bonnie Barnett, Co-Chair, Diane Weinbrum, Co-Chair, Laura Marsh, Pablo Massari, Mario M. Cartaya , Cynthia Birdsill.
Broward Cultural Division
Leslie Fordham, Acting Director

Public Art & Design Program

The Broward County Public Art & Design Program was established in 1976. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the enhancement of the built environment through the commission of 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.
At Port Everglades, Broward County public art installations also include the work of Dale Chihuly, Michele Oka Doner, Larry Kirkland, Mark Aeling, Xavier Cortada, Carlos Alves, Mark Fuller, Nice n' Easy, Laura Atria, Saori Ide and Jonathan Russell, David Dalquist and others. Recent commissions include works by Vanessa Till Hooper, Nuria Mora, Marc Quinn and Ernesto Maranje.
An Artist Selection Panel is created for each project. The Selection Panel reviews applications and recommends artists to the Public Art & Design Committee. The Public Art & Design Committee is composed of up to seven individuals including artists, arts administrators, designers and urban planners appointed by the Broward Cultural Council. Upon recommendation by the Public Art & Design Committee, the Broward Cultural Council reviews and determines recommendations for the purchase of all artwork and artist services to the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. For more information, go to

Broward County, Florida

Broward County, named after Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, was established in 1915. By the 1960s, Broward County was considered a leader in agriculture products and services within the State of Florida. The region, which stretches across 409.8 square miles of developable area, was transformed in the 1970s when mid-rise and high-rise development replaced farmland. Today, over 1.8 million people live in the County's 31 municipalities and municipal service districts, as well as the Seminole Tribe of Florida reservation. Broward is one of six counties in Florida where minorities constitute the majority. The undeveloped, protected western two-thirds of the county consists of wetlands and the Everglades. Among Broward County's unusual characteristics are 246 miles of canals; highest point is 25 feet above mean sea level; numerous seasonal residents; 7.5 million annual tourists and a major cruise ship terminal. 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