Orange County Convention Center Seeks Artists for South Building Artwork

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Orange County Convention Center Seeks Artists for South Building Artwork



The Orange County Public Art Review Board (OCPARB) seeks samples of past work and qualifications from artists or artist team(s) to create artwork appropriate for the world class Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), the Center of Hospitality, in Orlando, Florida. The OCCC values nature, water and ecology, even as our community has grown from a center of citrus and tourism to an important center of innovation and technology as well. 

Project Description: The OCCC is redesigning approximately 7,300 square feet of space in the South Building to create a unique, high-tech, upscale and multi-functional working lounge. The lounge will provide a VIP area for attendees and exhibitors to sit comfortably and conduct business. The redesign will create spaces that are designed with comfortable seating, open view and are technology friendly for small groups, individuals or private events. There will also be sponsorship opportunities. This multipurpose room will have a bar, large media screens and a connected conference room. The artwork to be proposed should complement the venue, enhance the guest experience and create an impact. There is one large wall (28’ long by 13’4” high) to the left as you enter the room that is available for art. 

Budget:  $22,500 has been approved for commission of artwork. The selected artists or team(s) will be awarded a comprehensive contract(s), that will be all-inclusive from concept through final set up and installation, which includes artwork design, fabrication, materials, installation, insurance, travel, public presentations, meetings with Orange County staff as necessary, identification plaque, if applicable, and all related incidental expenses.

Eligibility:  This opportunity is open to professional artists working in any media. Experience with similar public art project budget size not required but helpful. Student artists may apply if they can secure an experienced public artist to serve as a mentor to oversee their work.

Selection Process:  A selection panel consisting of arts professionals, project designer and convention center representative, will review artists’ qualifications. Several artists will be selected to provide proposals and will be paid a stipend of $500 each. Final artist(s) selection will take place after review of the finalist’s proposals. Artists will be evaluated on artistic excellence as evidenced by submitted materials; professional experience; compatibility with the architectural design; Convention Center environment and values; and aesthetic impact.


  • Release of Call to Artists: March 21, 2016
  • Site visit for interested artists (NOT required): March 28, 2016, 3:30 pm (reservation required for site visit)
  • Submittals Due: Thursday, April 7, 2016
  • Selected Finalists Notified: April, 2016
  • Conference call with finalists, project managers, etc. around April 18, 2016
  • Final Proposals Due: around May 12, 2016
  • Artwork installation: To be negotiated with artist – preferably before the end of September, 2016; exact dates to be determined based on event activity.


Please review the full Request for Qualifications for application instructions.



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