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Schools of Art: Painted Pompano Round 2

Event Dates: 2/21/16 - 2/21/16
Entry Deadline: 4/4/17
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3

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BUDGET:              $1,500.00 per fish

DEADLINE:          April 4, 2017                                                                    


Due to the original project’s success, the City has decided to have a second round of Painted Pompano fish. The pompano fish is the City’s namesake and a symbol of the identity of Pompano residents. The project will again consist of 12 five foot tall fish sculptures which will be placed at various locations throughout the City. Each of the Painted Pompano sculptures will be individualized by artists in a variety of styles and finishes focusing on themes of periods of art history.


Twelve artists will be selected. Each artist selected for exhibition will be provided with a prefabricated fish. The City will provide a workspace for the selected artists to create their fish in. If the artist chooses to work at a separate location, the artist will be required to pay for shipping the fish mold to and from their location. The artists will have one month to complete the sculpture. Each selected artist will be paid $1,500 upon completion and approval of their painted fish. (This honorarium must cover all materials for design execution.)

Artists may submit up to three designs for consideration. Only one design will be selected per artist. Please complete your design on the mock up drawing located when you click "View Site Details".


The theme for round 2 of Painted Pompano is Schools of Art. Artists must select a particular period in art history and create a design inspired by it. Periods of art history include, but are not limited to: the Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, Postmodernism, Abstract Expressionism, Classical, Contemporary, etc…. Bright colors are preferred.


The design of the fish is modeled after the City of Pompano Beach logo and is an enlarged and stylized representation of the pompano fish jumping out of the water. The fish is 5’ tall and approximately 3’ wide, proportional oblong shape, sitting on a 5’-6’ diameter integrated base. The fish is constructed out of foam with three coats of polyurethane.

The fish will be shop primed flat white to be able to receive a multitude of finishes. In the event the artist’s design calls for a medium other than paint, please indicate on your application the type of finish that the fish would need to be primed with.                      


The twelve locations are George Brummer Park, Herb Skolnick Community Center, Hillsboro Inlet Park, Highlands Park, Community Park, the Dog Park, Aldorf Park, Civic Park, McNair Park, Apollo Park, corner of Copans Road and NE 5th Ave., and the Air Park.

In creating a design, consider carefully the weather and other elements of nature, including sun, rain, wind and dirt. The fish will be displayed in key outdoor locations accessible by the general public. As such, designs should be created with durability and public safety concerns in mind. Although objects may be attached to the fish, artists should be aware that vandalism can and unfortunately does occur. Any objects added to a Fish must be attached in such a way that it cannot be easily removed. Treatments shall be flat or flush with no sharp edges.

The surface of each fish mold is primed by the manufacturer so it is not necessary to reapply a primer. Acrylic paint, artificial resin paint or two-component paint can be used to paint the fish.

Should the artist choose to paint the fish, a minimum of three coats of varnish is required using a two-part, hard gloss clean non-yellowing varnish. The artist is required to apply a sealant to the fish. If a different medium is selected, proper finishing will be required.


Artists will not be required to install the fish to its location, the City will manage this process. Artists should, however, be available for any possible touch-up work that may be required once the exhibit is underway.


Artists should bear in mind that the audience will be broad-based and of all ages, and designs should be appropriate for public display. Designs that are religious, political or sexual in nature will not be accepted. The structure may not display messages with text or contain any words or alpha-numeric characters. Additionally, neither corporate logos nor advertising is allowed. Designs will be evaluated to ensure they conform to these standards. The City of Pompano Beach may reject any design that, in its sole discretion, does not adhere to these standards. 


The artist will be selected based on the following criteria:

Design; Statement; Examples of previous artwork; and Materials to be used.
Please click on "View Site Details" for the line drawing of the fish that you will need to design.