Call Detail
Oldsmar Sports Complex Public Art Project

Entry Deadline: 8/31/22
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 20
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 6
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 20
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Florida
Jury Dates: 9/5/22 - 9/16/22
Budget: $38,000.00

Scope and Specifications


The City of Oldsmar, Florida, is soliciting artists and design professionals to submit qualifications for creating and installing a permanent outdoor public art feature for the Oldsmar Sports Complex, 3120 Tampa Road, Oldsmar 34677.  In Ancient Greece, art and sport were considered perfect partners. The idea was to achieve harmony by exercising both the body and the mind. In selecting this location, it brings art and sports together and has the potential to extend audiences for both, leading to positive outcomes for promotion, community programs, public relations, and funding.

Building community is at the heart of Oldsmar, and the selected art piece should reflect that goal.  To support this, Oldsmar residents were invited to have input into the type of art they would like to see for this facility via an online survey.  The survey results indicated a desire for an interactive art piece.  It is also the City’s desire to have a piece that is iconic and represents the unique character of Oldsmar.

The Oldsmar Sports Complex is a multi-sport facility encompassing 45 acres of recreational space with a high volume of pedestrian traffic.  It is the home of an internationally known BMX Supercross track.  Also included in the complex amenities are facilities for baseball, softball, football, soccer and in line hockey.  Additionally, there are three concession stands, restrooms, shelters, a children’s play area and parking.  The Sports Complex is used weekdays, weekends, daytimes and evenings.  The public art feature selected should complement the surrounding environment.  It must be durable and meet all applicable ordinances and regulations.

Those artists invited as finalists would select the exact site within the Sports Complex and submit a site-specific proposal for consideration.

 Background of Oldsmar

The City of Oldsmar was founded by Ransom Eli Olds, automobile tycoon and creator of the Oldsmobile, in 1916. Oldsmar was called the "Wonder Town of Pinellas", and marketing materials advertised property in the " land of golden opportunities for health, wealth, and happiness." Oldsmar’s strong connection to history, strategic location, waterfront shoreline, vast amount of park lands and recreational opportunities, combined with a small-town charm, certainly fulfills that vision. 

Because of innovative long-range planning and quality governmental services, Oldsmar has become a thriving community that about 14,000 residents call “home”, while a workforce of about 40,000 populate the city every day.  Oldsmar’s commercial, retail, and residential communities continue to grow at a steady rate – making the area highly desirable. An enhanced retail corridor offers over 50 restaurants and numerous shopping destinations.

Recognized as the “Hub of Tampa Bay”, Oldsmar is strategically located in Pinellas County adjacent to Hillsborough County. Convenient access is provided by the major roadways of State Road 580 and Tampa/Hillsborough Roads, and two nearby international airports.  The strategic location has fostered diverse commercial and industrial businesses, including Nielsen Media, United Health Care, Microlumen and Lockheed Martin.  

Oldsmar is a community that values its abundant natural resources and sense of community. Contributing to Oldsmar’s small-town charm, the City’s annual events are an integral part of life.  Annual events include Celebrate Oldsmar, Oldsmar Days and Nights, Halloween Happenings and Christmas Wonderland. 

Oldsmar has truly realized the vision R.E. Olds created over a hundred years ago. It offers an unparalleled community that offers “golden opportunities for health, wealth, and happiness.”

Artwork Scope

The City of Oldsmar is seeking artists or artist teams with experience in the design, fabrication, and installation of public artworks. Artists are asked to submit their qualifications.

As previously stated, the art feature should reflect Oldsmar’s uniqueness and have opportunity for pedestrian interaction. To capture the intent of the resident survey for an interactive art piece, it is important to define the term “interactive art”.  In the context of this project, interactive art means that the art involves the spectator in a way that allows the art to achieve its purpose.  That can mean letting the observer or visitor “walk” in, on or around the piece; or it may ask the spectators to become part of the artwork.  

The finalists will select a specific site for their proposal within the sports complex.

Artist Selection Process

Interested artists will submit a portfolio of work in CaFE. Submitted materials will be reviewed by the appointed selection/review committee. This committee will then select three (3) finalists to submit site-specific proposals for the project. Please note that the artist will select their specific site based on the identified possible locations.

Final proposals will be posted online to gather public feedback which the appointed review committee will consider in making their final selection. Finalists will be paid $250 each for their site-specific design and proposal presentation. The selected finalists will retain copyright over his/her original design; however, the City of Oldsmar will retain rights to promote and reproduce the completed work in print and electronic form on a non-commercial basis.

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation and selection of the final qualified artist and/or artist teams will be based on criteria in the following categories:

·         Qualifications of the Artist or artist team members

·         Relevant Experience of the Artist and Key Team Members-experience with public sector organizations is preferred

·         Relevant Current/Past Projects

·         Past Performance & Client References

·         Examples of Previous Work

·         Experience with Outdoor Art and Art Installation

·         Ability to Meet City Requirements

·         Completeness of the Proposal

Proposed Project Budget

Once a final artist or team is selected, their budget for this project is $38,000 on a turnkey basis. The budget includes all costs, i.e., proposals, materials, any required permits, the hiring of engineers/inspectors, fabrication, installation, artist commission and travel.

Tentative Project Timeline

·         Posting Call: July 15, 2022

·         Closing Call: August 31, 2022 @ 11:59 PM MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME – see “How to Apply”

·         Select 3 Finalists for proposal: September 16, 2022

·         Submission of Finalist Site-Specific Proposals: October 28, 2022

·         Artist Proposal Presentation (in person or video conferencing):  week of November 7, 2022

·         Final Selection: Week of November 14, 2022

·         Tentative Award of Contract by City Council: December 6, 2022

Fabrication and Installation: to be determined following contract award.


All questions must be submitted in writing no later than 5:00 PM EST on Monday, August 12, 2022. Questions are to be submitted via email to and will be answered via written addendum.

Application Requirements

How To Apply

1.       Submit digital images of artwork portfolio                              

Artists are required to submit no less than three (3) images, but may submit up to twenty (20) media samples (images, audio, or video samples) per application. Only six (6) of these twenty (20) media samples may be audio or video files. All artists must own the copyright of the materials they submit.

2.       Digital Image Preparation                            

Instructions on how to format images to CaFE™ specifications can be found at

3.       Submit one copy of a current resume

If artists are submitting qualifications as a team, each member must submit an individual resume.

4.       Letter of interest

Artists and artist teams are required to submit a one-page letter expressing their interest in the project. The letter should highlight their approach to public art as well as any relevant experience with projects of a similar scale highlighting partnerships with experienced professionals.

5.       Image list

Please include an annotated image list including title, artist name, media, image name/number, and any other relevant information.

6.       References

Please include at least three (3) references that can speak to artistic ability, reliability, and professional conduct.

Incomplete or ineligible submissions will not be reviewed.

Eligibility Criteria

This is a nationwide call which is also open to all qualified artists/teams to submit qualifications. The commissioned artist or team of artists must be able to work in close collaboration with City staff and the selection/review committee.