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Cultural DivisionPublic Art & DesignCall To Artists - Port Everglades Road Enhancement
Call to Artists - Port Everglades
Port Everglades – Road Enhancement


Port Everglades – Road Enhancement

Due:  August 29, 2020

In partnership with Port Everglades, Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design Program is seeking to commission one or more artists, or a team of artists, to design and install exterior artwork that enhances existing chain link fences and Jersey Barriers at Port Everglades, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


Agency: Port Everglades Department                    

Port Everglades is an economic powerhouse for Broward County and one of the most diverse seaports in the United States. Located in the heart of Greater Fort Lauderdale and the City of Hollywood, Port Everglades has been one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. It is a leading container port in Florida and among the most active cargo ports in the United States and is South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products including gasoline and jet fuel. A foreign-trade zone and available office space inside the Port's secure area make Port Everglades a highly desirable business center for world trade. The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County government and does not rely on local tax dollars for operations or capital improvements. There are 13,127 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades.


Art at Port Everglades

Port Everglades values public art for its ability to welcome cruise guests, the Port’s workforce, and the local community. More than 40 visually stimulating public artworks can be found across the Port Everglades’ industrial landscape and in Port cruise terminal buildings. Over the past two decades the Port has invested more than two million dollars in public art by established and emerging artists for interior and exterior locations. 0


Site Description    

Chain link fences and Jersey Barriers are essential safety and security features used throughout Port Everglades. Long runs of fence, averaging seven feet in height, some topped with barbed wire, surround parking lots, cargo storage areas and cruise terminals. Chain link fences are installed along vehicular roadways and canals, and atop concrete road barriers (Jersey Barriers).  Multiple locations are available for the artwork and the focus will be on the most visible and highly trafficked areas throughout the Port. Five or more locations will be available for artwork and shortlisted artists will be invited to tour the site.


Artist Selection

One or more applicants will be shortlisted by the Artist Selection Panel (Panel). Each artist will be invited to tour Port Everglades with the project team and will be assigned a location that includes a fence, or a Jersey Barrier, or a Jersey Barrier topped with a fence, and a budget. The shortlisted artist(s) will have approximately one month to prepare a conceptual design proposal for review by the Panel. Each shortlisted artist or team of artists will be paid an honorarium of $500 for the site visit and to develop the conceptual design proposal.

Shortlisted artists must submit one (1) digital copy (PC compatible media) of their full presentation five (5) business days prior to presentation to the Panel. Shortlisted artists may present their design proposal to the Panel via videoconference. Shortlisted artists' proposals must include a written narrative, estimated project budget, and visual materials necessary to convey the proposed concept or approach. Proposals, including models/maquettes, become property of Broward County and will not be returned.


Design Parameters

Colors and themes of the artwork may reflect the native animals, plants, or flowers of the Florida Everglades. Multiple artwork locations may function as a cohesive unit or as individual, stand-alone artworks. Materials should be salt and sun tolerant and able to withstand the elements common to areas along roadways and in close proximity to salt water. Artists wishing to paint Jersey Barriers will be required to use a primer and a protective clear coat for protection from ultraviolet rays.  Due to public safety concerns, the artwork will not invite public interaction or present a photo opportunity which requires cars to stop or pedestrians to cross roadways. Florida is subject to high winds and fences are designed to withstand winds of up to 152 miles per hour.  The artwork must be installed in in such a way as to withstand a wind event.


Artists Services

Artists selected for this project will be required to provide the following services:

·       Enter into County's Commissioned Artwork Agreement (Attached - please read before responding to this Call to Artists)

·       Design development of approved conceptual design ensuring that no Port structures are damaged by installation of the artwork

·       Wind Load assessment of the selected artwork by a Florida licensed structural engineer

·       Obtain permits, as required

·       Installation of the artwork

Art Project Budget

The total budget established for this project will not exceed $25,000 and may be divided between one or more artists or artist teams. The budget must include artist's design fee, presentation expenses, insurance, permits, engineering as needed, artwork installation, professional conservation review of proposed materials upon request, site visits, coordination meetings, artist's contingency, and all applicable taxes.

Artist Eligibility

This Call to Artists is open to professional artists eighteen years of age or older, residing in Florida and who have not been previously selected for a Broward County public art commission in the past 10 years.

Application Process

The Broward Cultural Division manages the application process. An Artist Selection Panel (Panel) will review the applications. The Panel includes a member of the Public Art & Design Committee, arts professionals, and an agency and community representative. The Panel reviews the applications and shortlists artists based on the excellence of previous work, as demonstrated by visuals and other submission materials. The Panel will also consider the versatility and appropriateness of the media in which the applicant has demonstrated proficiency, as it relates to the scope of this project.

The County reserves the right to re-issue this Call to Artists, to reject any and all responses to this Call, and to reassess and negotiate the design proposal with any qualified artist selected for this project.

Anticipated Art Project Schedule

Selection of Shortlisted Artists: September 2020

Artwork Completion and Installation: No later than December 31, 2020, or as coordinated with Port Everglades

Application Requirements

Applications must be submitted via the Submittable website:

and must include:

  • Cover Letter – briefly, in one paragraph or less, summarize your background and interest in the project
  • Résumé
  • Electronic Images – Please submit 10 digital images of most recent relevant 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 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, image thumbnail and any other relevant information. 

Application Deadline

August 29, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)


Fraser Poorman, Public Art & Design Arts Assistant

Phone: (954) 357-4795


Public Art & Design Committee Members

Bonnie Barnett, Co-Chair, Diane Weinbrum, Co-Chair, Mario M. Cartaya, Lori Pratico, Linda Flynn, John Sandell, Cathy Donnelly, Kristen Hoover

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 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, and 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, Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt, Sara Morris, Sam Gilliam, Vanessa Till Hooper, and Alice Aycock.

Broward County, Florida

Broward County was established in 1915. The early agricultural characteristic of the county was transformed in the 1970s when mid-rise and high-rise development replaced farmland. Today, over 1.95 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 five counties in Florida where minorities constitute the majority. It is included in the South Florida tri-county metropolitan area comprised of Broward, Palm Beach and Dade counties, with a combined economic force of over 6 million people. The county's total land area is 1,322.8 square miles. The eastern one-third of the county is concentrated as developed, urbanized area, and the western two-thirds is undeveloped, protected wetlands and the Everglades. Among Broward County's interesting characteristics are the many hundreds of miles of canals; highest point is 29 feet above mean sea level; numerous seasonal residents; 12.5 million annual tourists; and the third largest cruise port in the world. The climate is sub-tropical (75.4F average annual temperature) with wet summer and fall, and dry spring and winter seasons.