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Key West City Hall Seeks Public Art

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Key West City Hall Seeks Public Art




The City of Key West, Florida, invites artists to propose artworks for one or more of five identified public spaces (interior and exterior) at the recently restored and renovated Key West City Hall.

BUDGET:  $200,000 (total for all spaces)

ELIGIBILITY: Professional visual artists or artist teams

DEADLINE:  November 28, 2018

Note:  Applicants are required to prepare a design proposal and detailed budget without compensation as part of the application process.

Review complete RFP at Demand Star by Onvia and The City of Key West website.


Key West City Hall is a recently restored historic structure situated in the designated historic district (Old Town) on the island of Key West. The Florida Keys, a 43-island archipelago extends 210 miles from the Southeast coast of Florida and separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Atlantic Ocean. The Key West City Hall was originally constructed as Monroe County High School. The front building and the Auditorium were completed in September 1923, and the rear building was completed in 1927. Over the next 90 years the school served as a high school, middle school, and finally as an elementary school. In 2014, an agreement was made between the Monroe County School Board and the City of Key West to turn the building over to the City for adaptive reuse as the City Hall. The $18 million facility is designed, by architect Bert Bender, as a completely new structure within the historic outer walls of the 1920’s building. The Auditorium serves as the Commission Chambers, with two large scale fully restored WPA murals (circa 1935) flanking the dais, and all other areas serve as office spaces for the City’s many departments. The new construction meets modern building and hurricane code and is constructed to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. The building was dedicated on January 3, 2017, formally named Josephine Parker City Hall at Historic Glynn R. Archer School, after the former City Clerk Parker and long-serving educator and School Board Chairman Archer.


The goal of the project is to place site specific artwork in the interior 1st floor lobby and hallways for the public, City staff and City Commissioners to enjoy, and to reflect the building’s importance to the City as a site that has educated its constituents and now as a community gathering place for good governance. Exterior artwork may be proposed at any of the specified targeted spaces (below) including; the front (White Street) retaining wall, the corner of White and Seminary Streets, or the butterfly memorial garden at the corner of United and Grinnell Streets. All exterior work must meet Historic Architectural Review Commission (HARC) guidelines for scale in the historic district, (for the specific type of proposed artwork).

Artists may propose artwork for one of the targeted spaces or present a cohesive proposal for more than one space. All proposed artwork shall be original and site specific. The mission for the commissioned public art in the City of Key West is to enhance the character and identity of our island community through the aesthetic of public artworks. Artwork will strive to educate, enhance and preserve our cultural heritage and diversity to reflect Key West’s population.

TARGETED SPACES (recommended but not limited to)

The specified spaces include:


  • Retaining walls at White St. entrance for mosaic tile (not paint) each side approx. (2 ft. H x 30 ft. L)
  • Landscaped area at the corner of White & Seminary St. approx. (10 . W x 24 ft. L)
  • Butterfly Park – corner of United & Grinnell St


  • Lobby wall above seating next to elevator dimensions approx. (5 ft H x 9 ft W)
  • Walkway walls (to the left of the Commission Chambers approx. (5 ft H x 20 ft W)


Artists are invited to attend a site visit on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 10:00 am, White Street entrance. Attendance is highly recommended, but not mandatory. RSVP by contacting Elizabeth Young at or 305-295-4369.


Artists are responsible for all arrangements and costs including delivery, equipment and tools as necessary to provide a completed and installed work. All additional costs must be included in the proposed quote. A complete work is considered to be installed in place, and when appropriate displayed with lighting and base. Signage is not the responsibility of the artist. All installations must conform to City of Key West building codes, and have a building permit and HARC approval (as needed) and be able to withstand wind loads required by the current version of Florida Building Code. Exterior art must be durable to withstand sub-tropical climate conditions with hurricanes. The installation must be produced and installed with the anticipation of salt water sea level that may rise to as much as five feet. The materials must be secure from saltwater intrusion. It is anticipated the artwork will last a minimum of 25 years.


All proposals will be scored using the following criteria – each category has an assigned point value.

  • Exceptional Quality (25)
  • Enduring Value and Maintenance (30)
  • Site Compatibility and Appropriateness (25)
  • Character, Environment and History of Key West (10)
  • Artists that are familiar with the Florida Keys, its culture and history (10)


  1. Application: Complete, sign and date the attached application cover sheet, include a current resume.
  2. Written Proposal: Narrative summary describing the proposed original and project specific artwork (limit 2 typed pages).
  3. Itemized Budget: Include all aspects of design, complete installation, artist design fees and fabrication. Please make note of complete installation including base, lighting, landscaping and any other applicable components.
  4. Concept Drawings/Illustrations of proposed original and site-specific artwork: Submit printed drawings, images, color sketches (3 pages maximum) or maquette of the proposed artwork OR submit digital images in PDF or JPG format on a thumb drive. Digital format is preferred.


All required materials outlined above must be received by mail, certified mail, FedEX, UPS or hand delivered no later than NOVEMBER 28, 2018 by 3:00 P.M., at which time they will be opened.

Please submit one (1) Original (signed and dated, and MARKED ORIGINAL), and two (2) flash drives with one single PDF file of Sections 1 – 4 ABOVE entitled “Submittal Requirements” and all “Attachments” listed in the Request for Proposals.

Proposal package is to be enclosed in a sealed envelope, clearly marked on the outside “PROPOSAL FOR PUBLIC ART FOR CITY OF KEY WEST CITY HALL,” addressed and delivered to the City Clerk at the address noted below.

RFP application materials will NOT be returned to the applicant without prior pre-paid shipping. Faxed, emailed, incomplete applications or proposals that do not include the specified materials will be disqualified. All proposals must remain valid for ninety (90) days.

Sealed proposals for the City of Key West (City) RFP # 003 -19 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR PUBLIC ART FOR CITY OF KEY WEST CITY HALL addressed to the City of Key West, will be received at the Office of the City Clerk, 1300 White St., Key West Florida, 33040 until 3:00 pm on November 28, 2018 and then will be publicly opened and read. Any proposals received after the time and date specified will not be considered.

Address and deliver to:

City of Key West Office of the City Clerk

1300 White Street

Key West, Florida 33040

QUESTIONS?  All questions must be submitted in writing NO later than November 20, 2018.  Please contact Elizabeth Young, Executive Director, Florida Keys Council of the Arts and Administrator, City of Key West Art in Public Places: or 305-295-4369


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