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AUGUST 2012 News Briefs Brief items from the past month related to public art in Florida from the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals (FAPAP)

FLORIDA Florida's Art in State Buildings Program is currently seeking artists to submit examples of their work for two public art projects: 


NEW! The Research Lab II & Link Building at Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute has an art budget of $95,000. The Art Selection Committee is interested in commissioning site-specific exterior work. The deadline for receipt of entries is Friday, September 14, 2012 at 5 p.m. ET. NEW! The Brevard County Health Department Expansion has an art budget of $7,650. This project's Art Selection Committee is interested in a photographic mural for a long wall in the two-story entry lobby. The entry deadline is also Friday, September 14, 2012 at 5 p.m. ET.

Follow the link to the ASB Call to Artists website for submission instructions and for links to more detailed descriptions of the projects. Follow the link for general information about the Art in State Buildings Program. For questions about the Brevard County Health Department project, please contact the ASB Program Administrator, Lee Modica, at or (850) 2945445. For questions about the project at Florida Atlantic University, please contact Corina Mavrodin at or (561) 297-0541.

BELLE GLADE This month, youth interns complete work on a demonstration that also involved 100 campers from rural towns near Lake Okeechobee. The project, under the supervision of EcoArtist Jesse Etelson of Stuart, Martin County, has garnered more than $100,000 in pro bono professional contributions and in-kind resources. The purpose is to re-establish habitat to attract wildlife native to the Okeechobee watershed. The project includes plantings of native trees and other plants as well as installation of sculptures created from exotic invasive trees and brush, based on wildlife biologists' advice and designs by Etelson. The demonstration project will also involve creation of a master landscape plan to populate with wildlife attracting flora and wildlife habitat sculptures the entire littoral area around a lagoon in Torry Island Nature Park, belonging to the City of Belle Glade. The project, conceived in April, has many partners, including EcoArt South Florida, the Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance, US Green Building Council, Palm Beach State College, South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. A capstone exhibition will document the project's progress during the month of September at the Dolly Hand Center, Palm Beach State College, in Belle Glade. 1

BROWARD Broward County Celebrates New Artwork, I LOVE YOU In June, Broward County Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design Program held a dedication ceremony to celebrate the installation of the public artwork, I LOVE YOU, located at the new Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library in Davie, Fla. Artists Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt created the artwork which is meant to function as an outdoor storytelling area. In addition to the 10 ft. tall alphabet letters that spell the phrase “I LOVE YOU,” five brightly-colored, flowershaped benches provide seating to create an area of nature, love and story. The benches are placed in an arc facing the I LOVE YOU sculpture to afford ample seating for storyteller and audience in the 44 ft. diameter circular room. Since the building’s grand opening in May, more than 48,000 people have visited this incredible, visionary children’s museum, library and reading room, and the I Love You, sculpture has become a well-known and iconic Pick Up and Drop Off point for the facility.

CORAL GABLES The very first artwork to be installed through the City’s Art in Public Places program is souring on the PonceCat building on the corner of ponce de Leon Blvd and Catalonia Ave. Created by Miami artist John Angée, this sculpture entitled “Flight to Freedom” symbolizes the flight that so many have had to make from danger or captivity, reminding us of the value of freedom.

Rendering of “Flight to Freedom” by sculptor John Angée


GAINESVILLE Leslie Tharpe’s, The Giving Tree inspired by the Shell Silverstein book, was installed in July at the Senior Recreation Center in Gainesville

JACKSONVILLE Jacksonville’s public art program has recently adapted the S.O.S. (Save Outdoor Sculpture) condition report modified for the purposes of individual site visits for various types of public art, not just sculpture.

KISSIMMEE THE KISSIMMEE SCULPTURE EXPERIENCE Preparing for their 6th year of displaying pieces to further our mission of making downtown an art and cultural center for Osceola County. They actively promote the sale of sculptures to the public.

ORLANDO The city of Orlando has received an “Our Town” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts that includes $65,000 for public art related to the area between the new SunRail stop and the Loch Haven cultural park.


Artwork by: Stephanie Gassman

Volusia County has launched a new website that showcases more than 200 pieces of art purchased through the Art in Public Places program in the last 22 years. The art, which ranges from monumental murals and bronze sculptures to classical oil paintings, is on display in 16 public buildings 3

and outdoor areas. It can now be viewed online at, which includes detailed images and information about the artists. To see bright and beautiful pieces of art, visit the Ocean Center, where the collection incorporates the theme of sun, surf, sand and speed. Artwork includes oil and acrylic paintings, wood and bronze sculptures, clay vessels, and suspended dichroic glass and aluminum sculptures. With 56 pieces, the Volusia County Courthouse in downtown DeLand has the largest Art in Public Places collection in Volusia County. A block away, the Historic Courthouse has 27 pieces of public art and the new Chess Park features a large outdoor mural. The Deltona Regional Library has the newest collection, which is incorporated into bookcase ends, murals and the children’s desk. Other Volusia County public libraries displaying pieces purchased through the Art in Public Places program include the DeBary Public Library, 200 N. Charles Blvd., DeBary; John H. Dickerson Heritage Library, 411 S. Keech St., Daytona Beach; New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach; and the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle, Port Orange. Public art also can be viewed at the Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand; Daytona Beach International Airport, 700 Catalina Drive, Daytona Beach; Lifeguard Headquarters and Administration Center, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach; Marine Science Center, 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet; Ocean Walk Village, North Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach; Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand; and the Votran Transfer Plaza, 207 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach. The Art in Public Places program, approved by the Volusia County Council in 1990, sets aside 0.5 to 1 percent of the construction of all new, expanded or renovated publically accessible county buildings for acquisition of artwork for permanent display. For more information, please contact Volusia County Cultural Coordinator Mike Fincher at 386-736-5963, ext. 15872, or Images can be downloaded from For high-resolution photos, please contact Pat Kuehn at

WINTER PARK The City Commission unanimously approved this year's 6-month-long Art on the Green Exhibit. Guest curator Olga Viso, director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, has selected eight sculptures to be placed in front of City Hall and in Central Park t. Click here for more information and a sneak preview of the selected sculptures.

CALLS FOR ART KISSIMMEE Sculpture Experience: $500 stipend to 16 artists for year-long outdoor show. Enter by Sept 1. Sculpture placement October 19 and 20. Information at

SAFETY HARBOR The City of Saftey Harbor Public Art Committee is requesting proposals from artists for The City of Safety Harbor and the Public Art Committee is seeking proposals from artists or artist teams for “Art Benches” to be installed at the Safety Harbor Public Library Art Park. Selected artists will receive a $500 honorarium for work applied to the benches. Deadline for submissions Aug 2. Application information is available here. 4

STATE OF FLORIDA See first article above.

PLEASE LET US KNOW Let us know about any public art related news from your area – new art work, loss of art work, press or legislation affecting the arts, new personnel, etc. Send news of the month to by the 1st of the following month.


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