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Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge
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Entry Deadline: 10/30/19
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 10
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 1
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 1
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 12
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: International
State: Florida

Orange County, Florida Public Art Opportunity

$31,500 available for Public Art Project Exterior or Interior Art for New Facilities

Project: Back To Nature Wildlife Refuge & Education Center

10525 Clapp Simms Duda Road

Orlando, Florida, 32832

 Project Description

The Orange County Public Art Review Board seeks an artist or artist team(s) to develop artwork for the new Back to Nature (BTN) Wildlife Refuge Center located at Eagles Roost, an Orange County Green PLACE property managed by the Environmental Protection Division (EPD). The Green PLACE program is an Orange County public land acquisition and land management program. This project includes five (5) new buildings that will replace existing portables. The values of nature, history, community and nonurban lifestyle should inform the art.


Orange County, Florida is a rapidly growing metropolitan area of more than one million residents that contains the city of Orlando and a dozen other municipalities. Back To Nature (BTN) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public wildlife rehabilitation facility serving the Central Florida Region. Since its incorporation in June 1989, BTN has been rescuing, raising, rehabilitating and releasing injured or orphaned Florida-native species and educating Orange County visitors about respecting and preserving the environment. The organization hosts an education center, where citizens can view and learn about wildlife.


Back To Nature is located at 10525 Clapp Simms Duda Road on 20 acres of the 232 acres at Eagles Roost conservation land. This project will add a new Education Center that will provide a space for community meetings. A new Visitor Center also will be constructed.

Building and Site

Numerous possible locations are available for placing or integrating art. These are the primary spaces with possibilities for art installation or integration.

·         An interior wall (Visitor’s Center)

·         Exterior walls (Visitor’s Center and Education Center)

·         Front porch of the Education Center and Visitor Center

·         Entry sign

·         (Common Areas) Walkway

·         Approach to the site along the driveway 

Grounds layout, floor plans and elevations are included in the "View Site" feature.


$31,500 has been approved for artwork.


The Public Artist Selection Panel seeks creative solutions for possible locations mentioned above or other locations suggested by the artist. The artwork should be permanent and durable with little maintenance needed in the location to which it will be sited. 

Artwork should reflect the mission of the Back to Nature facility that serves as a rehabilitation center for injured native animals and an educational center for children and adults to learn about nature with help from the resident animal ambassadors (animals unable to be returned to the wild). Many people with impairments find empathy and connection with animals living with impairment.


This opportunity is open to professional artists working in any media. Student artists may apply, if they can secure an experienced public artist to serve as a mentor to oversee their work.

Site Visit

Interested artists are invited to visit the site; BTN is open to the public 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. A special tour for interested artists with an opportunity to ask questions related to this project will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Selection Process

A selection panel consisting of the project manager, arts professionals and BTN staff will review artist qualifications and images of past work. Several artists will be selected to provide proposals and will be paid a stipend of $500 each for their site-specific proposal. Final artist(s) selection will take place after review of the proposals. The director of Arts & Cultural Affairs serves as the nonvoting chair of the Selection Panel. 

The Public Artist Selection Panel and Orange County reserve the right to reject any or all applications, proposals, applicants or projects, and to modify or terminate the application process or the selection process for any reason and without prior notice.

Selection Criteria

Artists will be evaluated on artistic excellence, as evidenced by submitted materials, professional experience and compatibility with the architectural design, park environment and values of the center.

Submittal Requirements

·         Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs uses the CaFÉ online service for its public art selection process. There is no charge for artists to register with CaFÉ or submit an application.

·         Experience with public art projects with a similar budget is not required but helpful.

·         Professional resume (teams must submit resumes for each member).

·         Letter of interest, outlining interest in the project and a preliminary statement of approach.

·         A minimum of one (1) image is required, and the maximum is 12. Images of finished works or conceptual drawings can be submitted. Provide additional information to assure the Selection Panel of what the finished work will look like and that it will be completed and installed as designed.


·         Release of call to artists: Monday, August 12

·         Artist Site Visit at BTN: Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m.-noon

·         Submittals due: Wednesday, October 30, midnight MST

·         Panel review: Tuesday, November 5, 1-3 p.m. 

·         Selected finalists notified: Wednesday, November 6

·         Final Proposals Due: Monday, February 3, 2020

·         Artwork installation: Winter 2020/Spring 2021

For further information, contact Mr. Terry Olson, Director, Arts & Cultural Affairs., 407-836-5540.

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