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Broward Property Appraiser Office Seeks Public Art for Lobby

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Broward Property Appraiser Office Seeks Public Art for Lobby



The Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design Program is seeking to commission one or more artists to transform new County offices located in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The selected artist(s) will design unique artwork(s) that will contribute to the identity of the facility, create a sense of place, celebrate the unique qualities of Broward County, and engage visitors to the building.

BUDGET:  $130,000

ELIGIBILITY:  Professional artists over 18 residing 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 Property Appraiser and Value Adjustment Board

The Property Appraiser is responsible for ensuring the fair assessment (value) of all properties and applying all exemptions. By law the county appraiser is responsible for listing and valuing property in a uniform and equal manner. The appraiser determines the appropriate value of your property.  The Broward County Property Appraiser establishes the value of property and exemptions.  The Property Appraiser also prepares and certifies the tax roll.  More information about the Broward County Property Appraiser can be found on the website.

The Value Adjustment Board (VAB) serves as the decision-making authority when there is disagreement between the taxpayer and Property Appraiser concerning property exemptions, classifications and valuations. Petition filing and scheduled quasi-judicial hearings are handled by the VAB in settling disputes regarding exemptions, classifications and value assessments. Authority for the Board is vested through Florida Statutes, Chapter 194.015.

About the New Property Appraiser and Value Adjustment Board Offices

A three-story office building located at 1801 NW 49th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL will be renovated for use by the Property Appraiser’s Office, the Value Adjustment Board and any other County agencies with compatible programming space. This property is situated on 5.97 acres in central Broward County and can be accessed via Commercial Boulevard from I-95 to the east and the Florida Turnpike to the west. The Property Appraiser’s Office is open to the public and receives up to 100 visitors daily.

Artwork Scope

Interior artwork opportunities exist in the highly trafficked public reception area and will enhance standard necessities such as floors, wall treatments, functional and decorative lighting, noise mitigation, or seating.  The selected artist will collaborate with the design team to determine the most appropriate location for the artwork.

Artistic Services

Interaction and collaboration with 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: June/July 2020
  • Interviews and/or Conceptual Design Proposal Selection: August-September 2020
  • Artwork Completion and Installation: TBD in accordance with the project renovation 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.

Shortlisted artists will be invited to develop conceptual design proposals to present in person to the Artist Selection Panel. They will receive information about the project and have a minimum of one (1) month to prepare the conceptual design proposal. Shortlisted artists will be paid an honorarium for the proposal, the presentation, and approved travel expenses. Proposals must 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 must submit digital files of their full presentation five (5) business days prior to the scheduled date of the interview. 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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