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The city's Public Arts Advisory Committee is seeking proposals from artists for a permanent public art display at the Catherine A. Hickman Theater of Gulfport, 5501 27th Ave. S.

The theme is the "Spirit of Arts in Gulfport." The committee is seeking proposals for the placement of a design for the corner area east of the main entrance to the theater.

Suggested media include ceramic and mosaic tiles appropriate for a seating area. Other materials are welcome. The media must be able to withstand the elements, including but not limited to rain and the heat of the summer sun.

The exterior area is not supervised or enclosed, so durability is essential.

The artist must describe how the public art will be affixed or placed in this area and what enhancements or furnishings the artist may wish to have in proximity to the artwork.

The budget for the public art display is $4,250. The budget shall provide for a completed piece of art, including all materials, labor and installation.

Each artist must provide six sets of their proposal.

The submission should consist of a one-page typewritten description of the proposed sculptures and a drawing or series of up to four drawings (no larger than 8 by 11 inches).

The written description must specify the proposed size and media.

Proposals are due no later than 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Proposals can be mailed or dropped off in care of Paula Cohen, city of Gulfport, 2401 53rd St., Gulfport, FL 33707.

For questions, call Cohen at 893-1067.

_ Compiled by Times staff writer Amy Wimmer. To submit items for publication in the beaches notebook, e-mail