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Artwork Sought for Student Gathering Space

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Artwork Sought for Student Gathering Space


Artists’ qualifications are sought for a new public artwork for the University of Florida’s P. K. Yonge Developmental School.

BUDGET: $65,000

ELIGIBILITY: Professional artists over 18 (additional eligibility criteria apply; see below for details)

DEADLINE: April 14, 2020

About the 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.

About P. K. Yonge Developmental School

P.K. Yonge is the nation’s preeminent lab school.  We are affiliated with the top 10 University of Florida, and the number one College of Education. Our students represent the diversity of our nation – 52% identify as minorities; 30% are economically disadvantaged; and 17% have learning differences. Together we are in the midst of designing and testing a transformation in K-12 education.

Our new 6th-12th grade building offers transformed learning spaces that will spark innovation and bring together interdisciplinary university faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students with nationally-recognized practicing K-12 teachers to invent the future of K-12 education. The three-story structure includes 8 state-of-the-art STEM labs visible to the center core of the building, and 7 Learning Neighborhoods. Each neighborhood includes a distance learning lab, seminar room, classrooms, small group project and meeting rooms, as well as collaborative and independent work stations in the common areas. Cutting-edge technology will be ubiquitous but unobtrusive.

Installing our multi award winning, state-of-the-art, transformative 6-12 building will result in unparalleled educational opportunities for P.K. Yonge and UF College of Education students, as well as unique research opportunities for PKY and UF faculty dedicated to designing and testing a collaborative, inclusive, personalized, tech-enriched, inquiry-driven, mastery-based learning experience.  Our athletic teams are known as “Blue Wave.”

P. K. Yonge’ s architecture has always been significant to its influence on K-12 education. From pioneering the university laboratory school mission with professors residing in the building in 1934, to integrating the outdoors as a key educational component on the “new” K-12 campus in 1957, to today’s design innovations that will transform how students and teachers will work together in the 21st century.

Artwork Site Description

Our new middle and high school facility is located next to Tumblin Creek, which wanders through the middle of the school campus and is nestled under large, old oak trees. Caring for the environment and humanity inform our shared values.

The designated public art space, at the entrance of the school, will serve as the morning/afternoon student gathering and convening space – a sense of family, friends, and caring for our diverse student population permeates the morning/afternoon gathering of our students.

The Gathering Space is roughly 5,000 sq. ft., south facing, concrete slab. It is estimated that 800-900 students will gather daily in this space.

Functionality could be addressed through the art such as benches, much needed shade, rain cover, charging stations, solar panels, etc. All appropriate media and designs for outdoor spaces will be considered.


  • Finalist notification: May 2020
  • Site visit: late June or late July 2020
  • Finalist proposals due: August or September 2020
  • Landscaping and hardscaping complete: November 2020
  • Building Opening: January 2021


Artist must meet at least two (2) 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 in a museum within the past five years

For full consideration, the artist’s submitted CV MUST demonstrate at least 2 of the listed criteria.

Selection Process

Up to 3 finalists (artist or artist team) will receive $1,000 to visit the site, and, create and present a site specific proposal.

What to Submit

  1. Statement of Intent (one page or less): Briefly explain your interest in this project and how submitted images may relate to this project.
  2. Resume: A current professional resume or CV emphasizing eligibility criteria.
  3. Images: no more than 20 digital images.  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.

How to Submit

Submit ONLY through the CaFE system.



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