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Call to Artists - Port Everglades
Limited Call To Artists

Port Everglades – Heron Garage
Due:  October 14, 2019


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 design fabricate and install artwork at the new Port Everglades Heron Garage located at the intersection of Eisenhower Boulevard and SW 20th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Primary artwork opportunities may be located on the five-story stair tower   connecting the north and west elevations of the building and visible from Eisenhower Boulevard. Additional opportunities may be identified in collaboration with the design team. Artwork shall be visible to motorists traveling both northbound and southbound on Eisenhower Boulevard. The artwork shall help establish an artistic sense of place for Port Everglades visitors.

Agency: Port Everglades Department                           

As one of Florida's leading economic powerhouses, Broward County's Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. Consistently ranked among the top three busiest cruise ports in the world with more than 3.87 million passengers in fiscal year 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018). Ten cruise lines, one ferry service and nearly 40 cruise ships sail from the South Florida seaport. Port Everglades is also one of the nation's leading container ports and South Florida's main seaport for receiving petroleum products including gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels. The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County, Florida government with operating revenues of almost $168 million in Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018). It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations. The total value of economic activity related to Port Everglades is nearly $34 billion. More than 231,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port, including over 13,000 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades.

This Call to Artists relates to a new 1850 space parking structure designed to serve Cruise Terminal CT-2 & Cruise Terminal CT-4. Designated as the "Heron Garage", the structure will be located at the entryway it shares with the Broward County Convention Center on Eisenhower Boulevard. Cruise Terminals 2 and 4 are the preferential homeports for Carnival Corporation Ships, the largest cruise vacation group in the world. Carnival expects to welcome 25.5 million Carnival-brand cruise guests sailing to and from Broward County's Port Everglades over the next 15 years. CT-2 is 85,500sf and was recently renovated to accommodate Carnival Corporation's new Ocean Medallion service featuring a wearable technology that enables passengers to wirelessly connect to enhanced services before and after they cruise. Public Art installations at CT-2 include 4 luminous led 3D metal sting ray sculptures called "Rays of Light" by Carrie Jadus and Mark Aeling, and two exterior entry murals called "Immersive Ingression" by Nice'n Easy Allision Matherly and Jeffrey Noble. CT-4 is a 100,405 square foot facility which earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and boasts 50 check-in counters to meet the demands of larger capacity cruise vessels. Public Art installations at CT-4 include a glass sculpture "Coral Glow Persian Sconce Wall" by Dale Chihuly, a 9000 lb. mosaic tile mural named "Pelican Path" by Xavier Cortada, and 8 Wind responsive sculptures titled "Songs of the Everglades" by Jonathan Russell and Saori Ide.

Project Description

The artwork should be a hand painted mural, make a bold statement and have a 3-dimensional quality. The artwork may be pleasing to the eye - not jarring, not disruptive, not frightening. Primary artwork opportunities may be located on the five-story exterior stair tower. The stair tower walls to receive the artwork are respectively 22'-11" wide on the North side and 9'-6" wide on the west side for a total height of 70'. Artwork concepts shall be easily recognizable to Port's visitors traveling by car, on Eisenhower Boulevard, at a 25 MPH speed.


An Artist Information Meeting will be scheduled by the County for the shortlisted artists to discuss possible artwork opportunities in consultation with Port Everglades' staff. The shortlisted artists will receive additional information about the project including maps, photos, and architectural drawings of the Heron Garage's approved design. 


Project Design Parameters

The installation of the artwork must not damage existing structures or Port property. Port Everglades operates during daylight hours and nighttime viewing of the artwork will be limited. Artwork that can only be visible at night will not be appropriate for this project.


Artist Services

The selected artist shall visit the site, attend kick-off meeting, and coordinate artwork location with Heron Garage design team, as applicable. Additional interaction with Port's representative, engineers, and general contractor may be required.  

Other activities include:

  • Enter into County's Commissioned Artwork Agreement
  • Design development of approved conceptual design
  • 2-dimensional visual representation of the approved design
  • 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 $200,000. The budget must include Artist's design fee, presentation expenses, insurance, artwork installation, wall preparation, protective paint topcoat, conservation professional review of proposed materials and application methods, artist's contingency, and all applicable taxes. Travel related expenses and lift rental shall also be included in the Artist's total budget. The rental must be coordinated with Port Everglades Public Works. The budget shall also include collaboration via phone or in person, and meetings with County agencies.


Artist Eligibility

This Call to Artists is open to professional artists eighteen years of age or older, residing in the United States or having the ability to work in the United States and who have not been previously selected for a Broward County project in the past 10 years, and have demonstrated experience managing projects with a budget of $25,000 or more. Further, artists shall have experience coordinating project installations with construction project managers, and related contractors, engineers and architects, as needed, based on the project scope of work. Only applicants who meet these qualifications shall apply for this project.


Application Process

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 shortlisted artists 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.


No more than three (3) applicants will be shortlisted by the Artist Selection Panel. The shortlisted artists will have approximately one (1) month to prepare a conceptual design proposal for review by the Artist Selection Panel. Each finalist will be paid a $1,500 honorarium to develop a conceptual design proposal for the project. This presentation shall be conducted via videoconference. Shortlisted artists' proposals must include a written narrative, estimated project budget, and visual materials (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. Shortlisted artists must submit one (1) digital copy (PC compatible media) of their full presentation five (5) business days prior to the scheduled date of the shortlisted artists ' interviews. 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.


This Call to Artists is an open and limited Call. Open Call, meaning that any artist may submit credentials or proposals, subject to any requirements established by the Artist Selection Panel or the Committee.  Limited Call, meaning that artists may be invited by the Public Art and Design Committee or Artist Selection Panel to submit credentials or proposals at any time throughout the selection process.



Anticipated Art Project Schedule

Selection of shortlisted artists: October 2019

Shortlisted artists Interviews, and Artist Selection: November 2019

Artwork Completion and Installation: TBD, as coordinated with Port Everglades


Application Requirements

Applications must be submitted via the Submittable website:

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 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, image thumbnail and any other relevant information. 


Application Deadline

October 14, 2019 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, Pablo Massari, Mario M. Cartaya, Lori Pratico, Linda Flynn, John Sandell, and Cathy Donnelly.


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, 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