Call to Artists - Sculpture on Sample, City of Coral Springs (Deadline: 10/28/11)


LOCATION: Sample Road between University Drive and Coral Springs Drive

DUE DATE OF APPLICATION: October 28, 2011.

TOTAL BUDGET: Total Purchase Budget of $30,000.

DESCRIPTION: The City of Coral Springs Public Art Program will purchase one or more sculptures for

the continued expansion of public art within the City. The purchased sculpture(s) will be chosen from

the ten existing sculptures chosen for the Sculpture on Sample Program.



 Public Art Project Description

Sample Road is the outdoor venue to display public art for the City of Coral Springs.  Along this 1 mile of roadway, up to ten (10) sculptures will be temporarily displayed along the commercial shopping area on Sample Road.  Of the artworks on display, the Public Art Committee, with input from residents of the city, will select up to two pieces of artwork for their permanent public art collection. 

 Already Existing Artwork

Artists should submit pre-existing artworks for purchase. The City of Coral Springs will only purchase unique works of art, unless the series itself has a conceptual basis.

 Qualities of Artwork

In this situation, the artwork must be capable of “holding its own” in the temporary location along Sample Road and the artwork’s final location at a site identified within the City’s Public Art Master Plan.

 The artwork should be durable and require minimal ongoing maintenance. South Florida has a sub-tropical climate and is hot and humid with an intense sun and seasonal heavy rain. Problems with rust and fading should be avoided. Resistance to high-speed winds is important. The artwork must be self-supporting on an open landscape or hardscape approximately 10 feet by 20 feet.


Themes of the Artwork

The City of Coral Springs theme for this year’s “Sculpture on Sample” program is to promote the City’s mission statement: “The nation’s premier community in which to live, work and raise a family”.  The selected artwork(s) will very likely be relocated to an area identified within the City’s Public Art Master Plan.

 Artist Requirements Once Selected

• Transportation and off-truck loading of the artwork to the specific site in Coral Springs;

• Recommendations of the design of the permanent site;

• Assistance with installation of the artwork;

• One public lecture in Coral Springs.

 Anticipated Art Project Schedule

• Artist Applications Due: October 28, 2011

• Artist Selection: November 2011

• Site Design and Preparation: December 2011

• Artwork Permitting/Installed: December 2011 through April 2012

            • Program Officially Begins: January 9, 2012


Artwork Purchase Budget

The purchase budget established for the project is $30,000.  The price will include all taxes and fees. Within the fee, the artist will make recommendations to the city regarding the design of the permanent site and present a public lecture regarding public art.  The public art program will pay $1,000 to each artist selected through the program; $500 when the artwork is placed within its location on Sample Road and $500 when the artwork is removed after the program is complete.  


The project is open to any professional visual artist with experience implementing their ideas and work in the public realm. Artist or Professional Artist means a practitioner in the visual arts, generally recognized by critics and peers as a professional of serious intent and ability. Indications of a person’s status as a professional artist include, but are not limited to, income realized through the sole commission of artwork, frequent or consistent art exhibitions, placement of artwork in public institutions or museums, receipt of honors and awards, and training in the arts.

Artists are NOT eligible who are immediate family or business partners of members of the Public Art Committee, Sculpture on Sample selection committee or program staff.



The application process is managed by the City of Coral Springs. The Coral Springs Public Art Committee serves as the selection committee, along with one business person and one general resident (or combination of the two) chosen by the Committee.

Selection Criteria

The Public Art Selection Committee shall consider the following issues:

1. Appropriateness of the artwork to the goals of the Sculpture on Sample project;

2. Appropriateness of the artwork to the site and site environmental conditions;

3. Experience and other qualifications of the artist;

4. Quality of the artwork;

5. Location of artist; and

6. Maintenance requirements.


Application Requirements

The information and documentation below must be emailed and arrive at the City of Coral Springs before  the stated deadline, October 28, 2011.

1. Cover Letter: A cover letter listing experience with similar or related projects (PDF)

2. Resume. A current professional resume (PDF)

3. Images of 6-10 Artworks of completed artworks or projects, submitted as .jpeg digital images either emailed or on CD-ROM. The first images should be the works available for purchase.

a.   Digital Specifications: Each image must be labeled artistlastname_firstinitial_imagenumber.jpg. (Use “01” for imagenumber “1”, “calder_a_01”, “calder_a_02”, etc). Recommended file size between 200KB and 500KB with longest image edge at 14 inches at 72 dpi or 7 inches at 150 dpi.

4. Annotated List. A photo identification sheet which gives the specific project number and name, the artist's name, address and phone number, and, for each slide or image, the corresponding slide or image number, title of work, medium, dimensions, date of work, price of work and if applicable the name and location of the commissioning public agency. (PDF)

5. SASE. A self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of CD (if desired.)

 Deadline: Postmarked, Hand Delivered or Emailed by

Hand Delivered: 5:00 PM, October 28, 2011.

Postmarked: Anytime before October 28, 2011.

Email: 11:59 PM, October 28, 2011. The City will utilize the time and date stamp of the City’s email system. No contesting arrival time. Recommend sending a minimum of one day early for confirmation. Total attachment should be less than 5 MB. Send only one email to

 CD Send or Deliver to:

Laura Atria, Public Art Program

City of Coral Springs

9551 West Sample Road

Coral Springs, FL 33065


Contact: Laura Atria

Phone: (954) 344-1162


Website for Public Art Program:

Website for City of Coral Springs:

 Other Selection Issues

1. Florida “Sunshine Laws”: All meetings of the Committee are open to the public, are publicly advertised and are documented through written minutes.

2. Conflict of Interests: Artists with immediate family or business partners on the selection committee are not eligible to apply. A selection committee member may choose to withdraw from discussion and voting for any apparent conflict of interest.

3. Public Art Committee Contacts: Artist applicants should not contact Public Art Committee members between the release of the Call to Artists and the completion of the selection process. Contact the City of Coral Springs for all questions and information.



Candy Childrey, Elana Fornaro, Ron Lubman, Shirley Scatcherd, Roberta Lewis-Solar, and Barry Treu.  Alternates:  Joyce Mallis and Susan Kirkpatrick.  Student Representative: Jake Eveker


Susan Hess, Director, Community Development

Jim Hickey, Chief Planner

Andre Haluska, Assistant Planner

            Laura Atria, Public Art Assistant


Coral Springs, Florida is located in Broward County in Southeast Florida, approximately 20 miles northwest of Ft. Lauderdale and 10 miles southwest of Boca Raton. Coral Springs was founded in 1963 as “the city in the country.” Today, approximately 121,000 people live in the 24 square miles of suburban Broward County. The community can be generally described as young, family oriented residents with emphasis on education. For more historic information see:   

Coral Springs is 30 minutes away from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and less than 60 minutes from Miami (MIA) and West Palm Beach (PBI) airports. To visit the Sample Road site, use the Sample Road exit on any of the three major highways: I-95, Florida’s Turnpike or Sawgrass Expressway (State Highway 869). Travel east from the Sawgrass and west from I-95 and Florida’s Turnpike.


The locations for the artwork to be placed are between University Drive and Coral Springs Drive on the north and south sides of Sample Road.




The program was established in 2003 and is funded by public art impact fees from private developers. Please review all artwork the City has purchased online and learn about the city at and remember this Call to Artists is emphasizing the City of Coral Springs’ desire to display something that represents its young, family oriented community.



Jim Hickey, AICP
Chief Planner
Community Development
City of Coral Springs
9530 W. Sample Road
Coral Springs, FL 33065
(954) 344-1158 (Phone)
(954) 344-1181 (Fax)