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UF ASB 619 Institute of Hispanic Latino Cultures (IHLC)
400 SW 13th Street
Gainesville, FL 32611

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: International
State: Florida
Event Dates: 0/0/00 - 0/0/00
Entry Deadline: 11/2/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 20
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 20

Location: Institute of Hispanic Latino Cultures “La Casita”

Art Budget: $20,000 for a site-specific mural

Honoraria: up to 3 finalists (artist or artist team) will receive an honorarium in a an amount to be determined, to visit the site virtually, and, create and present a site specific proposal. 

Project Timeline: Finalists notification: December 2020/January 2021.  Virtual Site Visit: TBD.  Proposals Due: March 2021.

*Criteria to Apply: Artist has met at least two (2) of the following:

  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.

*For full consideration, your submitted CV must demonstrate that you meet at least 2 of the listed criteria.

Required Application Materials:

Statement. A brief Letter of Interest that explains why your artwork is perfect for this project and how your submitted images address the project requirements. Please indicate your affiliation with the cultures of the IHLC.  This should not yet be a site-specific proposal.

Resume. A current professional resume, emphasizing public art experience, public collections and public commissions.

Images. Include a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 digital images. The first five artworks presented will receive initial review. Because the initial review is a "blind" review, no identifying information should appear on the images. 

Only artwork with sound or motion may be submitted as video or audio file. Up to 6 video or audio files may be submitted and each file counts as an “image” in the 20 allowable. Please do not include promotional or installation videos. 


 Site for Art:

The primary focus for a mural is the courtyard, with walls facing south, west, and north.  These walls are heavily shadowed by abstracted flag designs cast from the ceiling.   The committee is looking for art that supports the identities of the IHLC which includes 27 countries and several languages.

The walls are made of a fiber panel known as Nichiha ( with a decorative concrete masonry unit along the base of the walls.

Student Engagement is desired. 
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University of Florida

Located in the heart of North Central Florida, the University of Florida ( is one of America’s premier public Universities and is the first Florida school to break into the list of top 10 best public universities, coming in at No. 6, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.  The University of Florida is one of the largest universities in the United States and students from more than 100 countries attend UF’s 20 colleges and 100 interdisciplinary research and education centers and institutes. 

UF has a 2,000-acre campus and more than 900 buildings, including the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum- certified building in the state of Florida. 

Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures

The Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures, also known as “La Casita,” is an advocacy center in which students actively engage in various campus and community events and receive mentoring and guidance in a safe and productive environment. Students and community members are dedicated to promoting social justice through the use of available resources by increasing awareness, participation and connection between La Casita, the University of Florida and the community. La Casita is a welcoming and educational “home away from home” where students learn, socialize and build relationships in order to support and positively impact lives.

Florida’s Art in State Buildings Program:

The Art in State Buildings (ASB) Program acquires artwork for new public facilities built with state funds. The program requires that up to .5% of the construction appropriation be set aside to acquire artwork for permanent display in, on or around the facility.

Since the program began in 1979, more than 1,000 works of art have been purchased or commissioned for Florida public spaces. You'll find them in nearly every Florida county, in locations such as state office buildings, Department of Transportation complexes, Department of Health facilities, courthouses, and throughout state university and college campuses.

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