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Cultural DivisionPublic Art & DesignCall To Artists - Palm Garage Project
Call To Artists

​Port Everglades  Palm Garage Art Project

Due: February 11, 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 transform the face of the 5-story parking garage. The 2,000-space Midport garage services: Cruise Terminals 19, 21, 25, 26 and 29. 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   
Port Everglades, located in Fort Lauderdale, is consistently ranked as one of the three busiest cruise ports in the world with more than 3.6 million passengers in fiscal year 2018. Eleven cruise lines, one ferry service and more than 40 cruise ships sail from Port Everglades. Broward County's public art installations at the Port includes the work of Dale Chihuly, Michele Oka Doner, Larry Kirkland, Saori Ide and Jonathan Russell, Xavier Cortada, Carlos Alves, David Dahlquist and Matt Niebuhr, Carrie Jadus and Mark Aeling, Mark Fuller, William Savarese, Ralph Helmick & Stuart Schechter and others.
Project Description 
This project's focus is on creative placemaking.  The scope of work includes the design and implementation of thought provoking, vibrant, engaging interpretive or conventional artwork at the garage's entryway. Art which relies on lighting as a theme will not be considered. Because the building does not have a large unobstructed surface to receive the artwork, the artist may consider an artwork with historic or photographic theme(s) to be printed on one large or multi-sectioned mesh banner(s) and installed on a wall-mounted metal framing system. A painted mural or artwork with a graphic design theme could also be considered for this project. The final design will also be translated onto vinyl to wrap the booths located at the garage exit, meaning that the artwork will be viewed as cruise customers access and exit the parking garage. Elements attached to the structure must be designed to withstand winds of up to 152 mph (current Florida Building Code), requiring an engineered anchoring system designed by a Florida licensed structural engineer. The shortlisted artists will receive additional information about the project including location, photos, and measurements of the Palm Garage. CAD drawing and as-builts are not available. An Information meeting will be scheduled by the County for the shortlisted artists to discuss possible artwork opportunities in consultation with Port Everglades' staff.

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.  Electrical services such as power or lighting are limited to existing exterior lighting options.
Artist Services
  • Enter into County's Commissioned Artwork Agreement
  • Design development of approved conceptual design
  • Selected Artist may be requested to provide a model or maquette
  • 2-dimensional visual representation of the approved design
  • Permitting (if required), 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
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 Broward County project in the past 10 years, and have demonstrated experience managing art projects with a budget of $10,000 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.
No more than three (3) applicants will be shortlisted by the Artist Selection Panel and have approximately one (1) month to prepare a conceptual design proposal to be presented to the Panel. Each shortlisted artist will be paid a $500 honorarium to develop a conceptual design for the project. This presentation may be conducted via videoconference. Should in-person interviews be necessary, County will reimburse the artist for pre-defined, reasonable and traveled expenses, with receipt(s), not to exceed $500, related to travel to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the interview. If an artist team is applying, travel expenses will be reimbursed for one member of the team. Upon selection, the selected Artist will receive a $1,000 honorarium to further develop the proposal for the specific site. If a site visit is required or requested by the Artist Selection Panel, the County will reimburse the artist for pre-defined, reasonable and traveled expenses, with receipt(s), not to exceed $500 related to travel to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the site visit. Finalists' 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. 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.
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. Call for artists for open calls shall be sufficiently detailed to permit artists to determine whether their work is appropriate to the project under consideration. 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 Finalists for Call to Artists: February 2019
Finalists Interviews, and Artist Selection: March 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 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. 
  • Boiler Plate Agreement Artist should review and accept the terms of the Boiler Plate Agreement before applying to the Call to Artists >
  • 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 >  PortEvergladesMASTER PLAN2009.pdf

Application Deadline
February 11 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, Laura Marsh, Pablo Massari, Mario M. Cartaya, Cynthia Stewart.
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.
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 six Americans for the Arts Year in Review public art awards, 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 and Alice Aycock.
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, 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