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City of Clearwater Public Art & Design Program: Sculpture360 Season VI
City of Clearwater: Sculpture360: Season VI
Clearwater Public Art & Design Program
100 S. Myrtle Avenue
Parks & Recreation Department
Clearwater, FL 33756-5520

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Call Type: Unspecified
Eligibility: Unspecified
State: Unspecified
Event Dates: 10/15/13 - 10/7/14
Entry Deadline: 7/19/13
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 4
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 4
City of Clearwater: Sculpture360: Season VI
Clearwater Public Art & Design Program
100 S. Myrtle Avenue
Parks & Recreation Department
Clearwater, FL 33756-5520


Images - Minimum: 1 , Maximum: 4




RFQ POSTING DATE: 06/05/2013

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, July 19, 2013, 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time (please check your current time zone and make not of any time difference).

Sculpture360: Season VI is open to all professional artists and artist teams aged 18 and older and residing in the United States. Professional artists are defined as a practicing fine artist, generally recognized by critics and peers as a professional of serious intent and ability. Indications of a person’s status as a professional artist include, but are not limited to: income realized through the sole commission of artwork, frequent or consistent art exhibitions, placement of artwork in public institutions or museums, receipt of honors and awards, and higher education and/or training in the arts.

The City of Clearwater Public Art & Design Program is seeking up to three artists to participate in a temporary sculpture exhibition from October 2013 – October 2014. Artwork will be selected to compliment the Cleveland Street District streetscape and will be displayed to serve as a visual anchor point and identity for the District.

The total budget for this project is $9,000 and represents three honoraria of $3,000 for up to three artists. The honorarium amount is to cover artist expenses such as the temporary loan of an artwork, transportation to and from the exhibition site, any insurance needed or desired for artwork transport and exhibition, and artist fees for on-site available during installation and removal. The City of Clearwater will provide logistical and staff support for the installation and removal and costs associated with promotional materials.

(All timeline dates are subject to adjustment)
Deadline for submissions via the CaFE system: Friday, July 19, 2013, 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time
Selection Panel Review: July 2013
Notification of Finalists: Early August 2013
City Council Review & Approval: Mid-late August 2013
Contract Preparation and Permitting: Late August 2013
Delivery and Installation: Mid-October 2013
Removal: Early October 2014

The Cleveland Street District is the result of a streetscape renovation in downtown Clearwater, Florida. The project was designed to redefine the city’s downtown as a destination spot, the convergence of a central cafe and retail district. The revitalization of the area features a pedestrian-friendly environment with landscaped sidewalks as well as decorative lighting, bight racks, medians, a community park, and areas for public art. Additionally, new mixed-use residential projects and proposed retail complex/apartment homes will attract greater numbers of residents and shoppers to the District. For more information on the Cleveland Street District streetscape project please visit

Three sites for the display of artwork are available in the medians within the Cleveland Street District beginning at the intersection of East Avenue on the District’s eastern border and Osceola Avenue at the western. The dimensions of each artwork slab are 9’ L x 6’ W x 6” H and are constructed from reinforced concrete. Any proposed artwork must fit within the maximum dimensions of 16’ L x 20’ H x 6’ W at ground base (unless diagonally positioned or 10’ W aerial width).

Two fixed lighting sources are pre-installed for night illumination. An electrical access box is available for additional lighting or LED features.

Sculpture360 was designed to provide a rotating gallery of temporary artworks in the Cleveland Street District of downtown Clearwater. The District, formerly the main thoroughfare for traffic heading to Clearwater Beach prior to the construction of the Clearwater Memorial Causeway, is currently undergoing a revitalization phase in which new businesses, offices, and restaurants are returning to downtown Clearwater following a multi-year hiatus. The artwork of Sculpture360 is designed to be a visual anchor for the District and provide the experience of visiting a museum without walls, in which Clearwater’s citizens and visitors can experience artwork beyond the confines of a traditional venue.

The program has attained a wide variety of critical praise including positive reviews in the St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Tribune, and Creative Loafing. In addition to positive press, the program recently received First Place in the field of Culture, Sports, and Recreation at the annual Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council’s Future of the Region Awards.

Artists must submit original, pre-existing artworks for temporary loan and exhibition. Due to the municipal and commercial activity in the Cleveland Street District, the artwork must be capable of “holding its own” amongst the surrounding structures and automobile traffic. Because Clearwater has certain restriction on commercial signage, the artworks will be the major visual anchor-points of the District.

The following qualities would help identify the artwork against its surroundings, but will not serve as a limiting factor against other qualifications:
- Colorful
- Solid
- Iconic

All artwork must be durable and require limited to no maintenance. A statement of recommended maintenance for a 12-month period will be required for all submissions. The Tampa Bay area is hot and humid with intense sunlight and frequent rainstorms. Materials that are sensitive to rust and fading, unless critical to the aesthetic of the artwork, should be avoided. Additionally, Clearwater is susceptible to hurricanes and hurricane-force winds in excess of 130 mph. All artwork must be able to sustain elevated wind speeds with gusts of up to 130 mph for an extended period of time. Artist honorarium funds may be utilized to conduct a structural stability study if necessary.

Artists selected to temporarily exhibit their artwork as part of Sculpture360 will be responsible for the following:
- Transportation of artwork to and from the exhibition site;
- Assistance and supervision of the installation and removal of the artwork;
- Availability for public information and education interviews during installation.

Artists selected to exhibit as part of Sculpture360 will need to provide the following insurance coverage, unless otherwise mutually agreed upon:
- Workers Compensation and Employer’s Liability Insurance of no less than $300,000 per occurrence;
- General Liability Insurance of no less than $500,000 per occurrence;
- No artwork insurance is provided by the City, however artists may provide their own policies;
- Automobile Liability Insurance with limits of $500,000 coverage for owned, non-owned, and hired vehicles;

Deviations from the insurance requirements with the express permission of the City of Clearwater will be duly noted and may exclude artists from exhibiting artwork as part of Sculpture360.

Please read this section carefully. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered without exception. The applicant’s name must appear on all materials submitted.

All materials must be submitted online, via the CaFE website ( There is no application fee to apply or to use the CaFE online application system. Applications are not accepted by mail or e-mail.

All artists and artist teams applying must post the following:
1. Four (4) images for review with all pertinent information (artist name, artwork title, medium, dimensions, price/value, and year completed.) All images must be of artwork available for loan.

2. A current artist’s resume, placing emphasis on public art projects or other related art experiences. Please include budget amount for all projects and indicate team member role, if project is a design collaboration.

3. A letter of interest describing why you are interested in this project. Artist teams will post a collective statement about their team’s work. Specific proposals are not requested at this stage in the process.

The project artist or artist team will be selected on the basis of the following criteria: strength and artistic merit of past works, experience and approach as evidenced in written materials, ability to complete a project of commensurate scope.

The Clearwater Public Art & Design Program is committed to reflecting the cultural diversity of our city in the selection of artists and artworks.

References provided as part of this application will be contacted prior to artist interviews.

The Artist Selection panel will include a minimum of five voting members, including one member of the Clearwater Public Art and Design Board, two artists or arts professionals (designer, curator, collector, public art administrator, etc.), one representative from the city, and one representative from the community. The Artist Selection Panel may also include one or more non-voting advisors, deemed appropriate by the Public Art and Design Board or Cultural Affairs staff.

Please contact CaFE support staff at

Please contact Christopher Hubbard, Cultural Affairs Specialist at (727) 562-4837 or

The Clearwater Public Art & Design Program reserves the right to reject any or all applications, proposals or finalists, and terminate or re-advertise any project without prior notice.

The Clearwater Public Art & Design Program was adopted by City Council in 2005 and aims to add to the visual identity of the city, creating memorable images for visitors and residents alike. Public art commissioned through the program will reinforce Clearwater’s role as an emerging leader in culture, recreation and environmental management, and will support the city’s development as a wonderful place to “live, learn, work and play.”

Artists interested in other public art commissions are encouraged to visit the Clearwater Public Art & Design Program website at Information is updated whenever new opportunities arise.
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