Call to Artists for Bayfront Park Trust Dogs and Cats Walkway Contest

Published on April 21, 2022

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The Bayfront Park Trust is launching the application for the Dogs and Cats Walkway Contest. The Board of Directors of Bayfront Park Trust and the City of Miami is pleased to invite all local artists to take part in a competition to creatively and tastefully paint and/or decorate one of the 50 aluminum sculptures that will adorn the Dogs & Cats Walkway at the Maurice Ferré Park in Downtown Miami, along the Biscayne Bay.

Application Information: Interested artists must complete a formal application, which is available here.

Deadline for Submission: The complete application must be submitted by the deadline June 1, 2022.

Eligibility: Eligibility information is listed within the application form. Please read carefully

Awarding Criteria: The Bayfront Park Trust Board of Directors, along with designated contributors, will evaluate each artist's sketches and submissions and will award accordingly.

Award Type: In recognition and appreciation for the artist’s outstanding work, creativity, and artwork donation to the City of Miami, special credit will be given to each artist selected to paint a sculpture. The awards will consist of a permanent and lasting public exhibition of the artworks selected at the Maurice Ferré Park, a plaque honoring the artist's biography, including a description of their work with a QR code to openly promote his/her web or social media site and work.

Cost: No cost is associated with the application process.

Benefits: This park will make the surrounding community safer by offering a secure area for people and their pets to exercise and socialize away from busy streets as well as allowing owners a chance to be physically active with their pets while enjoying unique pieces of art. Additionally, this park will bring communities closer and build a dog-friendly network, allowing users to meet more people and improve their social life.

About the Dogs and Cats Contest:

The goal of this innovative project is to enhance the beauty of the existing park and attract visitors to it by having a unique open and permanent art exhibition completely free to the public. The exhibition will display large painted sculptures of different dog and cat breeds, aimed at exalting the human-pet relationship and raising awareness towards animal compassion. The main goal of this contest is to promote the creation of quality works of art that reflect the rich diversity of cultures of our city, advertise Miami as the Capitol of the Arts, and market it as the Capitol of Latin America.