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City issues two Calls to Artists

Post Date:01/08/2019 4:38 PM

Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613


Sarasota, FL:  Two competitive Calls to Artists issued by the City of Sarasota for sculptures within roundabouts are now open for submissions through Feb. 28.

Both Calls to Artists are posted on, a leading portal for art entries.  Artists are required to submit proposals via the website.  Registration for artists to use is free and there is no cost to submit proposals to the City of Sarasota. DavidColorHiRes

Two roundabouts currently are under construction where the landmark sculptures will be installed.  Each location has a separate Call to Artists:

Submissions must complement the specific roundabout location and meet the required criteria detailed in the Call to Artist including height, lighting, non-interactive form and the ability to withstand extreme weather conditions.

Artists may submit entries for one project or both.

The budget for each sculpture is no more than $150,000 which will be funded by developer contributions to the Public Art fund.  Both pieces will become part of the City’s permanent Public Art collection.

Three finalists selected by the Public Art Committee (PAC) will make in-person presentations to the PAC, which will make a recommendation to the City Commission for consideration.  The selected piece will be submitted to the Florida Department of Transportation for review and approval.

To enhance aesthetics and a sense of place, public art is installed within the center of  new roundabouts located in the city limits. The most recent roundabout sculpture, BRAVO!, was created by Jorge Blanco and installed at Orange Avenue and Ringling Boulevard last August.

For more information contact David Smith, Long Range Planning Manager:  941-365-2200 ext. 4175.  



About the City of Sarasota: 
Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 55,000 year-round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at SarasotaFL.Gov


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