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Public Art & Design

Cultural DivisionPublic Art & DesignGreater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center Expansion Art
Convention Center Expansion Art
National Call to Artists

Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center Expansion

Due: March 16, 2020

The Broward Cultural Division's Public Art & Design Program is seeking to commission one artist or artist team (Artist), to create a fully integrated artwork that enhances the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center expansion and exterior plaza located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This artistic intervention shall create a sense of place for Convention Center visitors.

Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center:

The 600,000 square foot Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is home to numerous conventions, trade shows, meetings, consumer shows, sporting competitions and large events. The Convention Center consistently exceeds guest and meeting planner expectations for five-star food service, state-of the-art technology, and outstanding service in a modern, eco-friendly facility in a spectacular location. The venue's flexible space can be configured in a variety of ways to meet the needs of any group size and of events. It contains 4 Exhibit Halls, 2 Ballrooms and 31 Meeting rooms.


The new expansion of the Convention Center consists of the addition of a new headquarters hotel. The new Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center will almost double in size once the project is completed. The expansion plan includes:

  • An extension of the main Exhibit Hall by 150,000 sq. ft. to create 350,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space;
  • A new 65,000 sq.-ft. ballroom facing the Intracoastal Waterway;
  • An additional 50,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space to accommodate multiple events or convenient break outs;
  • Multiple upgrades including forward-thinking technologies, innovative dining concepts, versatile pre-function space and modern décor that complements Greater Fort Lauderdale's waterfront destination;
  • Convenient skywalks connecting the event space, headquarters hotel and parking structure.


Artwork Scope        

An Artist shall design, fabricate and install unique, functionally integrated artwork, that addresses a broad range of functional objectives, for the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. Opportunities for exterior artwork exist within the New Convention Center plaza. Artwork could be 3-dimensional, abstract or representational in nature. The artwork shall make a visual statement and be impactful to Convention Center visitors. A variety of media may be considered for this project by the shortlisted artists. However, the artwork must be highly durable, and resistant to weather inherent in outdoor, and waterfront environments. Long-term maintenance must be minimal and assured by the proper selection and installation of materials. Shortlisted artists shall coordinate proposed artwork location(s), within the new plaza landscape/hardscape design with major architectural, electrical or engineering, interface with the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center Design Team. All elements of the artwork must comply to the current Florida Building Code and the artist should retain the services of a Florida licensed structural engineer for this project. Prior to working on the design proposal, an information meeting will be scheduled by the County for the shortlisted artists to discuss possible artwork opportunities in consultation with the Design Team. The shortlisted Artists will receive additional information about the project including maps, photos, and architectural drawings of the New Convention Center. 

Design Parameters

The installation of the artwork must not harm existing structures or create pedestrians or traffic hazard. The selected Artist must coordinate the location of the artwork with the Design Team.  The artwork shall be in compliance with the 2017 Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) guidelines, as applicable, and the 2017 Florida Building Code, or the most updated version, whichever is most current. The selected Artist shall hire a Florida licensed structural engineer and other professionals, as needed, and should rely on their expertise for this project.


Artist Services

Interaction with community, agency, design team and general contractor will be required. Other activities include:

• Design development of approved conceptual design

• Permitting, as needed

• Fabrication, delivery and installation of the artwork

• Community engagement and outreach


Art Project Budget

The total budget established for this project shall not exceed $650,000.00. The budget must include Artist's design fee, presentation expenses, lighting design and implementation, as needed, artwork fabrication, and delivery, artwork installation, insurance, travel, Artist's contingency, and all applicable taxes. The budget shall also include meetings with Design Team, engineers' design fees and meetings with Florida licensed structural and electrical engineers, engineer(s) needed to prepare the permit drawings, as needed, and general contractor. Additional expenses shall include permits fees, and all construction costs required to complete the artwork.


Artist Eligibility

This 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 County project in the past 10 years and who have completed a minimum of five (5) public art projects with a budget of $25,000 or more and preferably have demonstrated experience completing and coordinating exterior art installations with construction project managers, and related contractors, engineers and architects. Artist shall review and accept the terms of the Broward County Commissioned Artwork Agreement before applying to the Call to Artists. Please refer to the Agreement:


Application Process and Selection Criteria

The Broward Cultural Division manages the application process. An Artist Selection Panel (Panel) shall review the applications to this Call to Artists. 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 on the basis of the excellence of their past work, as demonstrated by the visuals and other submission materials. The Panel shall 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.


All finalists are required to attend an information meeting prior to submitting a design proposal for this project. They will receive additional information about the project during that meeting and discuss opportunities for artwork within the site with the Design Team and Cultural Division staff. Subsequently, the shortlisted artists will be invited to develop conceptual design proposals to present in-person to the Artist Selection Panel. They will have a minimum of one (1) month to prepare a conceptual design proposal for review by the Artist Selection Panel. Finalists will be paid a $2,500.00 honorarium for the proposal, presentation and travel expenses. Finalists' proposals must include a written narrative, visual materials (drawings and 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. Finalists 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. Artist may also be selected based on the strength of their design proposal, but County reserves the right to ask for a new design once the selection process is complete.


Anticipated Art Project Schedule

Selection of Finalists for Call to Artists: March 2020

Finalist Interviews and Conceptual Design Proposal Selection: April 2020

Artwork Completion and Installation: TBD


Application Requirements

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


  • Professional Résumé – Artist (Part 1) 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. 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.


Application Deadline

Monday, March 16, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)



Contact:  Dominique Denis, Public Art & Design Project Manager

Phone: (954) 357-7236



Fraser Poorman, Public Art & Design Art Assistant

Phone: (954) 357-4795



Public Art & Design Committee Members

Bonnie Barnett, Co-Chair, Diane Weinbrum, Co-Chair, Mario M. Cartaya, 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 and 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, 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. 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