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UF ASB 632 Data Science and Information Technology Building
Art in State Buildings at the University of Florida
P.O. Box 115803
300 SW 13th St.
Gainesville, FL 32611

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: International
State: Florida
Entry Deadline: 5/13/21
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 20
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 20

Location: UF Data Science and Information Technology Building

Art Budget: $100,000 for a site-specific work of art

Honoraria: up to 4 finalists (artist or artist team) will receive $1,000 to visit the site, and, create and present a site specific proposal. A separate travel stipend may also be awarded.  The honoraria and travel stipend are separate from the listed art budget. 

Project Timeline: Finalist Notification summer 2021, Site Visit fall 2021, Proposals due spring 2022, Substantial Completion winter 2022, Building Occupancy summer 2023.

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

The artist’s works are included in private, public, corporate or museum, collections;

The artist has received awards, grants or fellowships;

The artist has completed other public commissions on a similar scale;

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:

A brief letter of interest describing why your artwork is appropriate for the project and how the submitted images relate to the project requirements. Artists may also briefly describe their history, training, and experience.

Current professional resume, with emphasis on public art experience

Ten (10) to 20 digital images of artworks- The first five images will be seen in the initial blind review.  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.  

Sites for Art:

Data Science and Information Technology Building will house 4 user groups: the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, the College of Medicine, the College of Pharmacy and the Informatics Institute, which is part of UF Research.

Thoughtful design unites these departments through an open stairwell “spine” connecting the 7 floors of the building with informal gathering spaces. Department branding will adorn the landings of each level. 

Although all possible locations for art are listed.  It is not expected that all locations will receive art for the budget.  

Locations for art, in order of priority, are:


1.     Main Lobby

     a.     Art permanently installed on the floor cannot be considered for this location as the layout must remain flexible to accommodate various functions.

     b.     Other locations at this site are under consideration.

2.     Collaborative Spine

     a.     Open stairwell located to the east side of the Main Lobby and spans all 7 floors of the building.

     b.     Suspended art will be considered

3.     Entry Wall

     a.     Located on the south east corner of the Main Lobby and measures 19’ in length and 11’ in height.

     b.     Second level of wall is located one floor below and measures 10’ 6” in length and 11’ in height.

4.     Elevator Alcoves

     a.     Will have seating areas

     b.     Measures 18’ in length, 10’ 6” in width and 10’ 2” in height

5.     Glass

     a.     Conference Room glass walls to the south of the Main Lobby on levels 2 and 3

     b.     Measures 26’ 6” in length and 10’ in height

Exterior locations:

6.     South Lawn

     a.     There are two areas for exterior art in the south east corner of the adjacent grounds

     b.     Each of these two areas measure 16’ by 55’

Informational Text:

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. 7, 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. 

Data Science and Information Technology Building

Advances in computing, communication, and cyber technologies are providing for unprecedented opportunities to impact society using data.  In the future, physicians will routinely assemble an individual’s complex genetic code, lifestyle, medical history and current vitals, compare this to thousands of other similar subjects, and prescribe personalized health care that provides superior health outcomes.  Cyber-connected autonomous vehicles will routinely deliver purchases and people.  Computers will use artificial intelligence to design and test new machines with limited human input.  This tsunami of data science technology will impact nearly every area of our economy and lifestyle going forward.  Those who recognize and learn to leverage this capability will have a significant advantage not only in the high tech business of computation and communication, but in health care, engineering design, retail, scientific discovery, and a multitude of other fields where the effective leveraging to this data explosion will prove to be vital in global competition.

 To this end, the University of Florida is constructing The Malachowsky Data Science & Information Technology Building, an interdisciplinary hub focused on the development and application of computing, communication, and cyber technologies to a broad spectrum of areas including health care, pharmacology, security, technology development, and fundamental science.  The co-location of research and educational activities from the colleges of engineering, medicine, pharmacy, and the informatics institute will facilitate the cross-disciplinary data science solutions to a vast array of challenges and opportunities.

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, throughout state university and college campuses.

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