CALL TO ARTISTS: Utility Box Wraps

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Utility Box Wraps



NAME: Utility Box Wraps
LOCATION: Various locations in Oakland Park, FL
DESCRIPTION: The City of Oakland Park Public Art Program will wrap approximately 54 utility boxes located throughout the City.


The City of Oakland is looking for artists to create designs to be digitized and printed on vinyl wraps for  approximately 54 utility boxes located throughout Oakland Park. The ongoing project enhances the public  realm by adding local artists’ work to surfaces that had often been targeted by vandalism. The City is
requesting original designs of local fauna for the 2nd installation series.

Qualities of Artwork
The artwork must be a realistic depiction of Florida native fauna. The design must be colorful, cover the
proposed area (not a lot of white space) and able to be distinguished from a distance. The design must be
able to be scaled to different size boxes

The boxes belong to Broward County and the Florida Department of Transportation and they have
specific restrictions on design:
Designs that promote or encourage the use of the following shall be prohibited:

Tobacco: Designs associated with or which may be associated with cigars, cigarettes, pipe tobacco,
chewing tobacco, and other tobacco products.

Alcohol: Designs associated with or which may be associated with alcoholic beverages including, but not
limited to, beer, wine, and distilled spirits. When a special event permit has been obtained that permits the
sale of beer, wine or liquor, signage to identify the vendor(s) location(s) and product(s) is permitted.

Human Reproduction/Sexuality Products and Services: Designs associated with or which may be
associated with products or services related to human reproduction, sexuality, or sexual stimulation,
including but not limited to contraceptive products or services, other products or services related to sexual
hygiene and counseling with regard to pregnancy, abortion, or other sexual matters or entertainment
directed to sexual stimulation.

Demeaning or disparaging words: Designs containing words that demean or disparage an individual or
group of individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity
or expression, pregnancy, age, disability, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

Profanity: Designs containing profane language.

Due August 30, 2017

Firearms: Designs containing an image or depiction of a firearm.

Violence: Designs containing an image or description of graphic violence or the depiction of weapons or
other implements or devices associated with an act(s) of violence or harm to a person or animal.

Unlawful goods or services: Designs which promote or encourage, or appear to promote or encourage,
unlawful or illegal goods or services.

Unlawful conduct: Designs which promote or encourage, or appear to promote or encourage, unlawful or
illegal behavior or activities.

Obscenity or Nudity: Designs which contain obscene material or imply or appear to imply, or promote or
appear to promote nudity. For purposes of these guidelines, the terms “obscene” and “nudity” shall have
the meanings contained in Florida Statutes, as may be amended from time to time.

Endorsement: Designs which imply or declare an endorsement by a County agency or the Board without
the prior written authorization of the Board.

“Adult”-oriented goods or services: Designs which promote or encourage, or appear to promote or
encourage, adult book stores, nude dance clubs, and other adult entertainment establishments, adult
telephone services, adult Internet sites, and escort services.

Potential Danger: Designs which contain the word “stop,” “drive,” “danger” or any other word, phrase,
symbol, lighting, or any devices or any components thereof, or character likely to interfere with or
mislead pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

Artist Requirements Once Selected
Artist must provide digitized format for printing and reproduction.

Anticipated Art Project Schedule
• Artist Applications Due: August 30, 2017
• Artist Selection: September 15, 2017
• Artwork Installation: December 2017

Temporary Installation Stipend
The public art program will pay $400 for each original artwork selected through the program.

Artist Eligibility
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 must reside in the Tri-County area; Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.
Due August 30, 2017


Artists are NOT eligible if they are immediate family or business partners of members of the Art and
Culture Board or program staff.

Application Process
The application process is managed by the City of Oakland Park. The Oakland Park Arts and Culture
Board serves as the selection committee.

Selection Criteria
The Oakland Park Art and Culture Board shall consider the following issues:
1. Appropriateness of the artwork to the goals of the City;
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;

Application Requirements
The information and documentation below must be emailed and arrive at the City of Oakland Park before
the stated deadline,
1. Cover Letter: A cover letter listing experience with similar or related projects (PDF)
2. Resume. A current professional resume (PDF)
3. Images of proposed Artwork submitted as .jpeg digital images either emailed or provided on
digital format. The 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).
4. Applications will not be returned.

Deadline: Postmarked, Hand Delivered or Emailed by
Hand Delivered: 5:00 PM, August 30, 2017
Postmarked: Any time before August 30, 2017
Email: 5:00PM, August 30, 2017. 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 10 MB. Send only one email to

CD Send or Deliver to:
Kathleen Margoles, Art and Culture Board Staff Liaison
City of Oakland Park
3650 N.E. 12th Avenue
Oakland Park, FL 33334

Contact: Kathleen Margoles
Phone: (954) 630-4240
Website for City of Oakland Park:
Due August 30, 2017


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 Arts and Culture Board
members between the release of the Call to Artists and the completion of the selection process.
Contact the City of Oakland Park for all questions and information.

Art and Culture Board Members
Hayley Pedersen, Michael Miles, Allison Atkinson, George Wulin, Dahlia Perryman, Shaundi Batson,
Vanessa Ruiz


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