The City of Fort Myers Public Art Committtee's request for artists to submit qualifications for its Clemente Park public art project ends November 15. Artists who wish to be considered for the $20,000 commission should apply on Cafe'.
Clemente Park is located at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Henderson Avenue. "As part of the City of Fort Myers' revitalization plan, Clemente Park is emerging as the cultural and recreational hub of the Dunbar community, featuring open spaces for events and recreational activities," states the PAC's call for artists. "As a vital cultural resource, Clemente Park is also home to the Black History Museum and the historic Williams Academy Cultural Center, operated by the Lee County Black Historical Society. The Society's mission is to 'preserve and commemorate cultural and educational contributions made by both locally and nationally known Black people.' Tours are free and open to the public during museum hours."
The following three sites have been identified as possibilities for public art:
- exterior walls of the Office/Library Office;
- entrance to Williams Academy; or
- front center of Clemente Park at sidewalk along MLK Blvd.
The $20,000 budget for the artwork covers all costs associated with the project including, but not limited to materials, fabrication, installation, permitting, documentation and transportation. Up to three finalists will be given an additional $500 design fee to develop a maquette/proposal for final consideration.
The selection panel will include members of the Public Art Committee as well as representatives from the Dunbar community. The panel will review each artist’s submission, resume and letter of interest. Each of the three selected finalists will produce a maquette and present their proposal to the panel for their review and consideration. This commission will be awarded to the finalist based on the merit of the proposal and the artist’s credentials.
Artists are submit their information and images electronically on the CAFÉ's site (www.callforentry.org) at no charge. This online application process requires that all images and materials be submitted in digital format. Submissions must be posted on the CaFE website by midnight, Friday, November 15, 2013, and meet all the same requirements as hard copy submissions.
For further information about this project or the city’s public art program, interested artists are invited to visit
www.cityftmyers.com/publicart or cultureNOW.org, where detailed information about each of the 45 public artworks located within the City of Fort Myers can be found. (Type "Fort Myers" in the search bar for a list of and links to the individual works contained in the city's public art collection.) For assistance, please contact Donna Lovejoy, Public Art Liaison, Administrator Services Manager, Public Works by telephone at (239) 321-7217 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.