University of West Florida, Call for Artists: Art in State Buildings Public Art Program

University of West Florida, Call for Artists:  Art in State Buildings Public Art Program

Deadline: April 13th, 2018, 11:59pm CST

Budget: $25,000.

Project Brief:  Through the state of Florida’s Art in State Buildings Program, the University of West Florida seeks proposals for existing or new public art to be installed permanently in or on the grounds of the University Park Center currently under construction.  This building is a multi-use space that will be occupied primarily by the USHA Kundu College of Health, UWF Athletics, and FSU College of Medicine. A pedestrian boulevard will lead visitors around the southeast entrance of the building to the football field located on the north side.

The architects designed the interior collective spaces as large community areas to actively engage students and faculty. Tall ceilings and large windows have been incorporated with patterned floor finishes and brushed metal surfaces to increase the energy of the space. A relaxed style of furniture gives the areas on the first and second floor an informal atmosphere. The hope is that with the addition of artwork these multi-use community areas will facilitate on-the-spot discussions and the sharing of ideas. Two-dimensional work, stained-glass, or relief sculpture would be ideal for the interior space. The southern exterior has been designed to function as a public plaza and would be the primary location for sculptural work.

Artists may submit letters of interest and qualifications, along with images or project renderings, to be considered for permanent installation.  The call is open to all professional artists working in any two or three-dimensional medium. The committee is currently accepting proposals for both outdoor and indoor works of art.  The artworks will be maintained and owned by the University of West Florida.

Proposals for outdoor work need to include materials and designs that are durable enough to last through potentially severe and hazardous weather, including tropical activity and high winds over a long course of time without extensive maintenance.  Final installations must meet all current applicable codes. UV-resistant and rust resistant materials should be used.  Artworks should be constructed to reasonably discourage theft and vandalism and must take into consideration the ground surrounding the piece.  Include plans for nighttime lighting.

*Please Note: The proposed artwork(s) is/are intended to be installed permanently. Please allow for, and include, maintenance budgets and guidelines. Additionally, the budget is a “project budget” and is used for all related costs to the project including the selection, fabrication, installation, and maintenance processes.

Selection Criteria:  Participating artists must have reached a certain level of expertise and recognition in their medium. Their resumes should illustrate that they have met two of the following criteria:
1. the artist’s works are included in private, public, corporate or museum   collections;
2. the artist has received awards, grants or fellowships;
3. the artist has completed other public commissions on a similar scale;
4. the artist has participated in exhibitions at major museums or galleries

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