Calling All Arts – Opening Bids Now Being Accepted | 2023 Sculpture on the Lawn
Orange County, Fla. – Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Public Art Review Board invite artists to submit work – existing or conceptual – for the 8th annual Sculpture on the Lawn exhibition. This outdoor display is featured at the entrance to the Orange County Administration Center in the heart of downtown Orlando, Florida, where the works are visible to approximately 10,000 people daily.
Sculpture on the Lawn is open to experienced professional sculptors as well as students and emerging artists who specialize in the design, construction and installation of outdoor sculptures. Up to four sculptures will be selected for display from January 2023 to January 2024.
Selection Criteria: The three main considerations are creativity, site appropriateness and durability. Images of finished works and conceptual drawings can be submitted. If the proposed project is not a finished work, artists need to provide information to assure the Selection Panel of what it will look like and that it will be completed and installed as designed by January 2023 as well as examples of past work.
Sites and Safety: While artistic quality is very important, works will be reviewed for durability, safety and appropriateness to the site. Artworks must be structurally sound and able to withstand an outdoor environment in a largely unsupervised area that is not protected from weather or curious viewers. Orlando has a subtropical climate that is hot and humid with intense sun and seasonal heavy rains and hurricane-force winds. Avoiding potential problems such as deteriorating rust and fading should be considered. Orange County provides 12’ x 12’ foot concrete pads. Sculptures must be firmly secured to the pads.
Selection Panel: Members of the Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs Public Art Review Board will make the selections.
Honorarium: Each artist will be awarded $5,000 as a fee for the annual loan of his or her artwork and to help offset any necessary transportation, installation and housing costs. No other compensation will be provided. A payment of $4,000 will be made upon installation and processing of required paperwork, and $1,000 will be paid upon removal and processing of required paperwork.
Artist Responsibilities: Selected artists must send the weight of sculpture, specific installation instructions, in order to coordinate with installation crew and Orange County Staff. Artist is responsible for transporting the artwork to the site on the specified date. If artwork is being imported to the United States, the artist’s shipping/customs agent must be both the verified exporter and importer for receiving.
Insurance: Orange County will insure the artwork up to its stated value or $50,000, whichever is less, for theft or major vandalism once installed. The artist will be responsible for any repairs needed due to fabrication defects or reasonable wear and tear of the object in a public location.
Sales: Sales of the works are encouraged. Any sales inquiries will be forwarded to the artist or designated agent. No commission will be charged. Sculptures must remain on site until January 2024.
- Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs is using CaFÉ for this public art selection process. The full application can be found at callforentry.org. There is no charge for artists to register with CaFÉ or to apply.
- There is a 6-foot minimum height preference. The sky is the limit for the maximum height.
- Each artist may submit 1-5 sculpture applications. Each sculpture must be submitted as a separate application.
- A minimum of 1 image is required, and the maximum is 3. Images of finished works or conceptual drawings can be submitted. If it is not a finished work, provide additional information to assure the Selection Panel of what it will look like and that it will be completed and installed as designed.
- Clearly indicate if the work is existing or conceptual.
- Remove artist names and watermarks from images.
- DEADLINE: Wednesday, July 6, 2022. Applications, resumes, images and other materials must be submitted by midnight through the CaFÉ online service.
- Apply Here.
- Proposals due: Wednesday, July 6, 2022 (midnight MT)
- Notification of acceptance: On or before July 20, 2022
- Installation time frame: January 1 2023 to January 31, 2023
- Sculpture on the Lawn Opening Celebration: January 2023
- Sculpture removal: January 1 2024 to January 31, 2024
For further information, contact Dawn Knight, Public Art Coordinator, Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs at Dawn.Knight@ocfl.net, 407-836-5540.
Orange County Administration Center
201 S. Rosalind Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801
Deadline: Wednesday, July 6, 2022
The mission of Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs is to elevate Central Florida’s arts and culture to that befitting a diverse, world-class community.