Roundabout Art Project

Jacksonville University and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville seek an artist or artist-team to design, fabricate, and install a large scale, dynamic, site-specific artwork for a newly constructed roundabout. Located at the intersection of University Boulevard and Merrill Road in Jacksonville, Florida, also the location of the main entrance to the JU campus, the primary goal of this roundabout public art piece is to serve as a landmark for the Arlington neighborhood.

The community of Arlington is a historic area of Jacksonville that seeks to enhance its livability, business environment, and infrastructure through the Renew Arlington initiative. Renew Arlington encompasses Economic Development, Community Engagement, and Neighborhood/Infrastructure Enhancement as part of this community renaissance. A key element of this initiative is the Complete Streets Program that enables safe, convenient, and comfortable travel and access for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation. Complete Streets for Arlington includes upgrades to the University Boulevard and Merrill Road corridors. The creation of the roundabout alters the traffic flow for both safety and aesthetics.

Jacksonville’s people are diverse, and we value working with artists who can incorporate the community’s cultural and ethnic identities into public art. The project will involve working with professionals from different backgrounds, including city engineers, public safety officials, and university officials. The Cultural Council and JU may also host meetings with the community to gauge interest and support of finalist designs. Integrity of materials and fabrication should be warranted against defects for one year after installation. Monthly progress reports, with images, will be expected. Upon completion of the sculpture, the City of Jacksonville and JU will retain rights for the purpose of creating reproductions.

How to Participate

Download the Request for Qualifications for design criteria, eligibility, selection process information, and project timeline.


Professional artist or artist team residing in the United States (1) with public art project experience that matches the scope of the project and (2) who have successfully managed and completed at least one publicly-funded commission on schedule and on budget. (Members of the Selection Panel are not eligible to apply.)


No later than 11:59 PM (EDT) on September 30, 2018.


Submission of materials that include letter of interest, resume(s), work samples, and 2-page "Ideas and Themes Brief" by deadline of September 30, 2018 to

Download a checklist of the materials you'll need to submit as part of your application.