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Broward Forensic Science Center Seeks Public Art

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Broward Forensic Science Center Seeks Public Art



In partnership with the Office of the Medical Examiner & Trauma Services and Broward Sheriff’s Office, the Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design Program is seeking to commission one or more artists to transform multiple locations within the Forensic Science Center located in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

BUDGET:  $168,000

ELIGIBILITY:  Professional artists over 18 living in the United States

DEADLINE:  May 8, 2020

About Broward County, Florida

Broward County was established in 1915. By the 1960s, Broward County was considered a leader in agriculture products and services within the State of Florida. The region, which stretches across 409.8 square miles of developable area, was transformed in the 1970s when mid-rise and high-rise development replaced farmland. Today, over 1.8 million people live in the County’s 31 municipalities and municipal service districts, as well as the Seminole Tribe of Florida reservation. Broward is one of six counties in Florida where minorities constitute the majority. The undeveloped, protected western two-thirds of the county consists of wetlands and the Everglades. Among Broward County’s unusual characteristics are 246 miles of canals; highest point is 25 feet above mean sea level; numerous seasonal residents; 7.5 million annual tourists and a major cruise ship terminal. The climate is sub-tropical (75.4F average annual temperature) with wet summer and fall, and dry spring and winter seasons. For more information, visit

About the Broward Medical Examiner and Broward Sheriff’s Office

The Medical Examiner’s Office proudly provides forensic services to the citizens in Broward County, government agencies, and health care providers. Additionally, the Medical Examiner’s Office provides quality and comprehensive trauma medical care and medical transportation for Broward County citizens and visitors. The team includes forensic pathologists, toxicologists, investigators, trauma care specialists, and administrators. More information about the Office of the Medical Examiner and Trauma Services can be found on the webpage.

Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) is one of the largest and most progressive organizations in the State of Florida. BSO’s Crime Laboratory is a nationally recognized leader in the forensic science community and is one of the first crime laboratories to be internationally accredited.  The crime laboratory serves the criminal justice needs of Broward County by applying sound scientific principles to the examination of physical evidence.

About the Forensic Science Center

The new Forensic Science Center will be a state-of-the-art, secure, combined facility to replace the existing Broward Office of the Medical Examiner and Trauma Services and the Broward Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab facilities. The building will be highly attractive and enhance the neighborhood’s overall appearance. The building will be LEED Certified.

Artwork Scope

The primary location for art is the interior reception room utilized by families gathering at the facility in response to a major event. Additional opportunities may include a perimeter wall abutting a residential neighborhood, a courtyard entryway to the building, or locations identified by the selected artist(s) in collaboration with the design team.

Artistic Services

Interaction and collaboration with the Office of the Medical Examiner and Trauma Services and the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the design team, general contractor, and the community will be required. Other activities include:

  • Design development of approved conceptual design
  • Permitting
  • Fabrication, delivery and installation of the artwork
  • Community engagement and outreach


  • Shortlisting of applicants: May/June 2020
  • Interviews and/or Conceptual Design Proposal Selection: Summer 2020
  • Artwork Completion and Installation: TBD, in accordance with the construction schedule

Selection Process

The Broward Cultural Division manages the application process. An Artist Selection Panel (Panel) reviews the applications to this Call to Artists. This Panel includes a member of the Public Art & Design Committee, arts professionals, and agency and community representatives. The panel may recommend one artist based on qualifications or invite shortlisted artists to submit proposals. Proposals will include a written narrative, visual materials (optional models) necessary to convey the initial concept or approach to the project, estimated project budget, schematic project schedule, and future maintenance schedule. Proposals, including models/maquettes, become property of Broward County and will not be returned. Shortlisted artists who are invited to submit proposals must submit digital files of their full presentation five (5) business days prior to the scheduled date of the presentation. The County reserves the right to re-issue this Call to Artists, to reject any and all responses to this Call to Artists, and to negotiate with any qualified Artist selected for this project.

Selection Criteria

The Panel shortlists applicants on the basis of the excellence of past work of similar scope, as demonstrated by the visuals and other submission materials. The Panel also considers the versatility and appropriateness of the media in which the applicants have demonstrated proficiency, as it relates to the scope of the project.

What to Submit

  1. Professional Résumé
  2. Electronic Images – Submit 10 digital images of relevant work. Artists are encouraged to submit work samples that best illustrate their qualifications for this opportunity.  All images must be saved using a file name and number that corresponds to the Annotated Image List (see below). Each digital image must feature a single work.
  3. Annotated Image List – Include name of Artist, title of work, year, media, size, and location of artwork and/or project, project budget, image number and any other relevant information.

How to Submit

Applications must be submitted via the Submittable website. Hard copy materials will not be accepted for this Call to Artists. The application deadline is Friday, May 8, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)

QUESTIONS? Contact Leslie Fordham, Public Art & Design Administrator, or Fraser Poorman, Public Art & Design Art Assistant, (954) 357-4795 or


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