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Broward Sheriff's Office


Due: October 15, 2021

In partnership with Broward Sheriff's Office, Broward Cultural Division's Public Art & Design Program is seeking to commission an artist or artist team to transform a prominent exterior location within the Broward Sheriff's Office Public Safety Complex located in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Broward Sheriff's Office's mission is to provide safety and security for all residents of Broward County, and is committed to working side by side with the community. The selected artist will design exterior artwork that visually enhances the space and neighborhood in which the facility is located.


Broward Sheriff's Office 

The mission of Broward Sherriff's Office is to provide for the safety and security of Broward County's citizens and visitors. Broward County Sheriff's Office (BSO) is one of the largest and most progressive organizations in the State of Florida and, in July, 2020, released a Commitment to Accountability along with additional plans and messaging from the Sheriff pledging to rebuild trust with the community.


BSO serves the community with law enforcement, fire rescue, and detention and services in the unincorporated areas of Broward County and in 14 local municipalities. In addition, BSO protects the Broward County Courthouse, the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, areas of the Everglades and the county's waterways, including Port Everglades. The organization employs more than 5,400 people, including more than 2,800 certified deputies and 700 fire rescue professionals that serve more than one-third of Broward County.


Site Description

The Broward Sheriff's Office is located at the busy intersection of Broward Boulevard and Northwest 27th Avenue, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The site for the functionally integrated artwork is approximately 140 feet long by 20 feet wide, and narrows to 12' wide. Situated between the Broward Sheriff's Office Safety Complex and Broward Boulevard, the outdoor space currently serves as a walkway.  It is comprised of pavers resembling brick, and concrete borders. Flag poles and bollards with lighting are incorporated into the existing space, which is flanked by mature palm trees and shrubbery.  It is envisioned that an artist will completely transform the space.


Broward Sheriff's Office employees and visitors to the Safety Complex campus may use the walkway to access restaurants and shopping on the south side of Broward Boulevard. 48,000 vehicles use Broward Boulevard daily and will potentially see the artwork. A large-scale freestanding sculpture is also located on the BSO campus.


Artwork Scope      

The Broward Sheriff's Office and the Cultural Division are interested in commissioning artwork that creatively enhances the outdoor space, honors the history of the community, and compliments the built environment.  The functionally integrated artwork will include a pedestrian walkway with sculptural elements, landscape materials, and lighting. Bollards may be required for safety and security purposes. The artwork will not pose a safety risk or encourage loitering and will function within the existing landscape context.

Artwork site: view towards Broward Boulevard

Artistic Services

Interaction with BSO. Other activities include:

• Community engagement and outreach

• Mentor a local artist (Allied Artist)

• Design development of approved conceptual design

• Permitting

• Fabrication, delivery, and installation

Project Budget

The total budget established for this project shall not exceed $410,000.00.  The budget must include Artist's design fee, presentation expenses, meetings with County and Broward Sheriff's Office, any proposed lighting, artwork fabrication, delivery, and installation, insurance, travel, Artist's contingency, and all applicable taxes. The budget shall also include the cost to hire a Florida licensed general contractor, Florida licensed structural and electrical engineers as needed, and other engineer(s) required to prepare the permit drawings.  Permit fees, and all construction costs required to complete the artwork will also be the responsibility of the artist(s).

Applicants Eligibility

This Call to Artists is open to all professional artists, eighteen years of age or older; residing in the United States.  Applicants should demonstrate through their submission materials that they have the skills and to successfully complete the project. The application process requires artists to review and accept the terms of the Broward County Standard Agreement before applying to the Call to Artists. Please refer to the Agreement:

Broward Cultural Council understands that Broward County's cultural vibrancy is due to its diversity. As such, Broward Cultural Council acknowledges that all cultures are vital to the arts and the promotion of a culturally democratic world.   

Therefore, Broward Cultural Council supports the development, expression, and preservation of art and culture of all communities, groups and individuals. The Council aims to ensure that diverse populations throughout the County have opportunities to appreciate and value the arts and to participate.

Application Process and Selection Criteria

The Broward Cultural Division manages the application process. An Artist Selection Panel (Panel) reviews the applications to this Call to Artists. This Panel includes a member of the Public Art & Design Committee, arts professionals, and agency and community representatives. The Panel shortlists applicants on the basis of the excellence of past work of similar scope, as demonstrated by the visuals and other submission materials. The Panel also considers the versatility and appropriateness of the media in which the applicants have demonstrated proficiency, as it relates to the scope of the project.

Shortlisted Artists will be invited to develop conceptual design proposals to present in person to the Artist Selection Panel. They will receive information about the project and have a minimum of one (1) month to prepare a conceptual design proposal for review by the Artist Selection Panel. Shortlisted artists will be paid an honorarium for the proposal, the presentation, and approved travel expenses. Proposals must include a written narrative, visual materials (optional models) necessary to convey the initial concept or approach to the project, estimated project budget, schematic project schedule, and future maintenance schedule. Proposals, including models/maquettes, become property of Broward County and will not be returned. Shortlisted must submit digital files 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 to Artists, and to negotiate with any qualified Artist selected for this project.

Anticipated Art Project Schedule

Shortlisting of applicants: November 2021

Interviews and/or Conceptual Design Proposal Selection: January 2022

Artwork Completion and Installation: 2022-2023

Application Requirements

Applications must be submitted via the Submittable website: and must include:

  • Résumé​
  • Electronic Images Submit 10 digital images of relevant work. Artists are encouraged to submit work samples that best illustrate their qualifications for this opportunity.  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.  

  • 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.

Application Deadline

Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)



Fraser Poorman, Arts Assistant

Public Art & Design

Phone: (954) 357-4795



Public Art & Design Committee Members

Diane Weinbrum, Chair, Lori Pratico, Cathy Donnelly, Linda Flynn, Kristen Hoover, John Sandell

Broward Cultural Division

Phillip Dunlap, Director

Leslie Fordham, Public Art & Design Administrator

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, the local community and constituent groups, during the design phase of each project. The Committee makes recommendations to the Broward Cultural Council.


The Broward County Public Art & Design Program is recognized with distinction in national and international circles. In 2017, two public artworks received Community Appearance awards from the City of Fort Lauderdale. 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 & 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 seven Americans for the Arts Year in Review awards for public art, “an indicator of the program's outstanding commitment in advancing art and design", said Liesel Fenner ASLA, former manager of Public Art Network for Americans for the Arts. Broward County public art installations include works by: Clyde Butcher, James Carpenter, Carl Cheng, George Gadson, Duane Hanson, Chris Janney, Lorna Jordan, Patricia Leighton, Gary Moore, Barbara Neijna, Jody Pinto, Ray Olivero, Beth Ravitz, Martha Schwartz, Ned Smyth, Ritsuko Taho, Liam Gillick, Miles Coolidge, Robert Behar and Rosario Marquart, Sara Morris, Sam Gilliam, Vanessa Till Hooper, and Alice Aycock. ​

Broward County, Florida

Broward County 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