No Vacancy, Miami Beach: A Contemporary Art Happening

No Vacancy, Miami Beach: A Contemporary Art Happening


Call Type Competition
Call Eligibility International
Entry Dates 1/26/20, 12:00 AM - 2/21/20, 12:00 PM 37 Days Left
Entry Fee? No
No Vacancy, Miami Beach: A Contemporary Art Happening

1755 Meridian Ave, 5th floor
Miami Beach 33139 United States


Launching May 7-17, 2020

No Vacancy is a contemporary art happening that celebrates artists, provokes critical discourse, and invites the public to experience Miami Beach’s famed hotels as destination art spaces / temporary galleries.

NO VACANCY is an open, international art competition which takes place for 10 days in May on Miami Beach. For its inaugural year, twenty-five thousand dollars in prizes will be awarded, which includes a $5,000 prize awarded entirely by public vote and another $20,000 prize awarded by a jury of art experts. Each selected artist will receive a stipend of $10,000 to materialize their project.

Any artist working in any medium from anywhere in the world can submit credentials. Art is exhibited throughout a select number of hotels in Miami Beach- lobbies, restaurants, lounges, patio areas, rooms, balconies and swimming pools may serve as the canvas. A curatorial advisory committee will select a pool of artists for participating hotels to consider. Cultural Affairs staff will work with the participating hotels to match the artist and venue, as well as serve as the project manager throughout the process. The artist and hotel will work collaboratively to select an easily accessible public area located within the hotel property for exhibition of the work.

No Vacancy is committed to providing art experiences that are accessible to everyone, free and open to the public. Public voting will take place through an online social media platform.

Total Project Budget: $10,000 USD per artist.

The selected applicant is responsible for fully developing the project within the allocated budget which must be inclusive of design, engineering, fabrication, installation, and any other cost associated with the implementation of the work.


Selected hotels located within Miami Beach, FL. The selected artist will work collaboratively with Cultural Affairs staff and participating hotels to determine specific locations.

Anticipated Project Schedule:

Opportunity Announced & Promoted –January 27, 2020

Application Deadline – February 21, 2020

Selection of Finalists/Proposals – Early March, 2020

Design, Fabrication and Installation- March - May 2020 (Fabrication and installation schedules may vary depending on selected project and location.)

Project Opening- May 7, 2020

Project Closing- May 17, 2020


Open to professional artists only. Artists who demonstrate innovative, contemporary and creative approaches in addressing site specific, temporary works of art are encouraged to apply. The quality of the work, strength of the concept, design capabilities and established track record of museum/gallery exhibitions and successful project implementation will be considered of highest priority. All mediums will be considered, with the exception of performance based work. The creation of a new work is not required; however, all work should be suitable for public display.

Each artist (or artist team) will be awarded a stipend of $10,000 to conceive, produce, and deliver/install artwork. This stipend is all-inclusive and must cover all expenses, shipping, and travel associated with the project. 80% of this stipend will be paid upon acceptance into the competition. The remaining 20% of this stipend will be paid upon successful completion of the competition. Proposed artworks may be previously realized projects or a newly conceived piece, but should take into account that works that are larger in nature will present best for this purpose.

Required Minimum Hours for Exhibition of Artwork

During the event, participating hotels are required to be open and accessible to the public for at least the minimum required hours listed below - hotels are welcome to stay open beyond the required hours. Artwork must be accessible and viewable during the minimum ‘Hours of Operation’.

Hours of Exhibition (May 7-17, 2020)

Monday – Thursday: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Due to Miami Beach's environmental regulations, single-use plastic, Styrofoam and other polystyrene products will not be permitted:

Miami Beach Public Art and Sustainability Initiatives

In considering materials for public art commissions, artists are required to visit, which provides information on “Plastic Free” Miami Beach and other sustainability initiatives being implemented by the City of Miami Beach. Proposals contrary to City’s initiatives in terms of materials used, will not be considered.

Why is Miami Beach discouraging the use of single-use plastic?

Miami Beach is a unique coastal community that sits between the pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the ecologically diverse Biscayne Bay. As a city that is rich in natural resources, we understand the importance of keeping our streets, waterways, and ecological habitats healthy. The reduction of single-use plastic will help protect these natural elements by:

· Decreasing the demand on natural resources to produce plastic;

· Reducing the production of greenhouse gas emissions;

· Protecting wildlife from ingesting plastic debris/litter

· Reducing litter in waterways and beaches;

· Allowing the city’s storm water system to function adequately and debris free

What has the City of Miami Beach done to reduce the use of plastic?

Three ordinances were adopted to support the City's waste reduction and recycling goals, promote environmental health, protect wildlife, and conserve resources. In conjunction with these ordinances, the city is launching the #PlasticFreeMB campaign along with a certification program for businesses to pledge to reduce and/or remove certain types of plastics from their establishments.

· Ordinance 2017-4068 This ordinance prohibits the sale and use of expanded polystyrene (also known as Styrofoam) within the City and includes: parks, beaches, city-owned facilities, sidewalk cafes, special event permits, city marinas, unencapsulated docks, buoys, platforms, piers and boat ramps.

· Ordinance 2018-4205 extends the existing single-use plastic straw/stirrers ban from beaches to all city properties, including marinas, parks, piers, docks, boat ramps and sidewalk cafes (as well as contractors and special events permitees). The ordinance does not allow for biodegradable or compostable plastics as substitutes

· Ordinance 2018-4208 prohibits the use/distribution of single-use carry out plastic bags on the right of way and to sidewalk café patrons.

Instructions for Submitting an Application-

Submissions must be received as a complete application on the Submittable website by no later than the advertised deadline. All materials will be submitted online, via Submittable. There is NO application fee to apply or to use the Submittable online application system. For general Information about how to create or use a Submittable account, visit

I. Please submit no less than ten (10) images of previously completed visual arts / structural work. Please accurately identify medium, dimensions, date, location, client/agency, size, budget, completion date, and a brief written description. The Submittable system will prompt you to enter this information with each uploaded image.

NOTE: Artists must submit a complete application to Submittable.

II. Project Statement Detailing Initial Approach to Project

III. Artist Statement



A curatorial advisory committee will be comprised of a six-member panel: The City of Miami Beach Art in Public Places Committee (2), City of Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council (2) and Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (2). The Committee will evaluate all submissions and will select a pool of artists based on the quality of previously completed projects, artistic accomplishments, and anticipated project budget. The primary evaluation criteria will be previous artistic accomplishment as demonstrated in images of completed work samples, experience, and/or initial approach to the project as demonstrated in the preliminary project statement. If appropriate, the City reserves the right to recommend an artist directly from initially submitted applications.

Posted on: 1/28/20, 5:34 PM