Call Detail
FGCU Water Resources Building

Visit Organization Website
Contact Email:

Entry Deadline: 3/28/21
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 2

Entry Fee (FGCU Water Resources Building): $10.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 10
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 3
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 15
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Florida

Call for Artists, RFQ: Art in State Building:

FGCU Water Resources Building

Art in State Buildings, Florida Gulf Coast University

 Posted by: Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida Cultural Council


Location:  Water Resources, Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), Fort Myers, FL

Art Budget: $50,000 total project budget.  Up to 3 finalists (artist or artist teams) will receive a $500 honorarium to develop a site-specific proposal and present this proposal through one or more virtual meetings. The artwork commission budget with the selected artist will be $48,500.  A commission contract will be developed between the selected artist and FGCU.

Deadline for Entries: As posted/updated on Café entry platform

Submissions:  Submit digital application to: Café at

Anticipated Project Timeline: Finalist notification target date: April 2021. Site-specific proposals target due date:  May 2021, Artwork installation and building completion, December 2021. 

Criteria to Apply: Artist (or artist team) has met at least one or more of the following:

·      the artist has completed public commissions similar in budget

·      the artist’s works are in major public, private, corporate, or museum collections

·      the artist has received awards, grants, or fellowships

·      the artist has had a one-person exhibition of artwork



Project Overview:

Artwork is sought for a new building on the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) campus.  The intent is that this artwork will reflect the mission and focus of this new facility.   The Water School is founded in a holistic approach that focuses on the environmental sciences but also draws in the social sciences, health sciences, business and engineering. Additional information on this new facility can be found at:



Artwork Overview:

·        The artwork will be located somewhere within the 4-story atrium and adjoining balconies of this new facility.  Other locations could be considered if artist presents a compelling idea outside this space. 

·        Artwork will reflect the School’s focus on water issues and stewardship of natural resources.

·        Artwork will not be a traditional “water feature” as there is an interest in keeping artwork low maintenance.

·        Artwork could be made of a variety of materials, including traditional art materials as well as new digital works.

·        Artwork could be two or three-dimensional.

·        Artwork could be made within a variety of stylistic expressions, though the artwork should aim to be compatible with the aesthetic of the new facility.

·        Artwork could capture the metaphor of water, such as a poetic reference to the natural environment.

·        Artwork will respect the views of indoor and outdoor spaces, not block the open feeling and views within the atrium space.  That said, artwork could be positioned to hang from ceiling.

Selection Process:     

The artist selection process will involve at least two stages.  First, a review of interested applicants will generate a list of three project finalists.  Please do not request additional project information (such as site plans) during this first stage of artist selection, as determination of finalists will be based solely on artist resume, images of completed works, and any concept ideas that the artist may offer.  Although not expected, artist can propose to use an existing (completed) artwork for this project site, if so, please be clear of this intention within your submission application.

The second stage of this project will focus on giving artists an opportunity to dive deeper into the specifics of the project site.  At this stage artists will be given technical drawings that will enable them to develop site specific artwork.  Communications with building design team members will be opened up to artist finalists at this stage.  Please do not contact design team members in advance of this finalist stage. 

In light of the Covid Pandemic, all presentations will be made through a virtual format.  It is not anticipated that artist finalist will need to visit the project site (building is now in the early stages of construction).  Finalists will be given a $500 honorarium to develop a site-specific proposal and make a virtual presentation.

This project is funded through the Florida Art in State Buildings Program.  This program utilizes an open, transparent and community-based selection process.  Committee members represent a variety of stakeholders, including representatives from the University, the Water School program, the art department and University gallery and the project architect.  There are five voting and two non-voting members on this Committee.  The Committee is responsible for determining the site(s) for placement of artwork, reviewing submitted images of artwork, reviewing presentations and proposals, and making selections of artwork for this new facility. The Committee’s aim is to select artwork(s) of high quality that are appropriate to the site and address issues of safety, permanence, maintenance, and value.

What to Submit

To submit for this project, please follow application instructions at Café website.  These are summarized as follows:

  1. 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. This should not yet be a site-specific proposal.
  2. Resume. A current professional resume, emphasizing public art experience, public collections and public commissions.

       3. Images. Formatted as specified by Café.

       4. Image ID information as specified by Café application instructions.

Submission Tips

Selection committees may process and review hundreds of artist submissions. Please make the task easier by considering these tips.

  • Carefully read the submission instructions as described by Café.  Include all required information in the appropriate format.
  • It is important to include the prices of your work and/or the budgets of commissioned projects. When committees are unable to determine if a particular kind of artwork is within their particular budget, they tend to bypass that artist.
  • Be sure to indicate if your artwork is being proposed for direct purchase of an already existing artwork for the project site.

Prices for existing works must include delivery or shipping costs and works must arrive framed or ready to install. The selection committees have no "extra" funds for framing or shipping.  Installation costs must be included as part of the artist’s budget.



Mark Flickinger


Application Requirements

Eligibility Criteria