From the Orange County Public Information Office

Orange County Accepting Proposals through August 5th
for its Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Artists are invited to submit work for the fourth annual Sculpture on the Lawn exhibition, an outdoor display featured at the entrance to the Orange County Administration Center (201 S. Rosalind Ave.) in the heart of downtown Orlando, Florida, where the works are visible to approximately 10,000 people daily.

Sculpture on the Lawn is open to experienced professional sculptors as well as students and emerging artists who specialize in the design, construction, and installation of outdoor sculptures. Up to four sculptures will be selected for display from October 2018 to September 2019. One of the sculptures will be selected from a student or emerging artist, if suitable.

New this year: The theme of “Diversitastic!” has been added to this year’s exhibition. We welcome large-scale sculptures that celebrate diversity in our communities and the interweaving of different backgrounds, cultures, and religions.

The “Diversitastic!” theme supports the inaugural FusionFest (fusionfest.org), November 24 and 25, 2018, a free, two-day celebration in downtown Orlando, supported by Orange County Government.

Deadline: Applications, resumes, images and other materials must be submitted electronically by midnight, Sunday, August 5, 2018, to www.callforentry.org.

Selection Criteria: The three main considerations are creativity, site appropriateness, and durability.

Artist Responsibilities: Selected artists must transport the artwork to the site on the specified date and install it with minimal assistance, then remove the artwork after the exhibition.

Sites and Safety: While artistic quality is very important, works will be reviewed for durability, safety, and appropriateness to the site. Artworks must be structurally sound and able to withstand an outdoor environment in a largely unsupervised area that is not protected from weather or curious viewers. Orlando has a subtropical climate that is hot and humid with intense sun and seasonal heavy rains and hurricane-force winds. Avoiding potential problems such as deteriorating rust and fading should be considered.

Installation: Orange County provides 12-by-12-foot concrete pads. Sculptures must be firmly secured to the pads.

Selection Panel: Members of the Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs Public Art Review Board will make the selections.

Honorarium: Each artist will be awarded $3,500 as a fee for the annual loan of his or her artwork and to help offset any necessary transportation, installation and housing costs. No other compensation will be provided. A payment of $3,000 will be made upon installation and $500 will be paid upon removal.

Insurance: Orange County will insure the artwork up to its stated value or $50,000, whichever is less, for theft or major vandalism. The artist will be responsible for any repairs needed due to fabrication defects or reasonable wear and tear of the object in a public location.

Size: There is a 6-foot minimum height preference. The sky is the limit for the maximum height.

Sales: Sales of the works will be encouraged and promoted. Any sales inquiries will be forwarded to the artist or designated agent. No commission will be charged. Sculptures must remain on site until September 2019.

Applications: Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs uses CaFÉ for its public art selection process. The full application can be found at www.callforentry.org. There is no charge for artists to register with CaFÉ or submit an application.

Important notes:

  •  Make sure to indicate if you are a student or emerging artist.
  • Images of finished works or conceptual drawings can be submitted. If it is not a finished work, artists need to provide information to assure the Selection Panel of what it will look like and that it will be completed and installed as designed.

Timeline:

  • Proposals due: August 5, 2018, midnight
  • Notification of acceptance: August 10, 2018
  • Installation timeframe: October 1 to 12, 2018
  • Sculpture on the Lawn Opening Celebration:
  • October 19, 2018, 5:30-7:30 p.m.Sculpture removal: October 1 to 11, 2019

Email questions to: Terry.Olson@ocfl.net. Or call 407-836-5540.

Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness, and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world famous theme parks, the nation’s second largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County Facebook and Twitter pages.

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