Policy AD31 - PUBLIC ART (Formerly Outdoor Public Art)

Policy Steward: Vice President for Administration

Contents:

  • Purpose
  • Goals of Policy
  • Public Art Committee
  • Outdoor Public Art Master Plan for University Park
  • Criteria for Selection and Acceptance of Public Art
  • Procedures for Selecting, Acquiring, Commissioning and Siting Public Art
  • Approval Procedures
  • Application
  • Maintenance of Public Art
  • Ownership of Public Art
  • Relocation, Removal or Deaccession of Public Art
  • Further Information
  • Cross References

  • PURPOSE:

    This policy establishes procedures for the selection, acquisition, siting, and maintenance of Public Art at The Pennsylvania State University ("University"). This policy guides the coordination and collaboration among the groups or individuals who may influence the selection of Public Art including the Office of Physical Plant, the Palmer Museum of Art, the College of Arts and Architecture, and Commonwealth Campus deans and executive officers.

    Public Art is defined as original and unique creations in visual media produced by or under the control of practitioners generally recognized by their peers and critics as professional artists, and located in exterior areas of the University accessible by the general public or interior building lobbies and foyers.  Public Art may include, but is not limited to, the following:

    This Policy shall not apply to functional exterior building features, interior spaces (with the exception of lobbies and foyers), and landscaped features – unless it is undertaken as a form of Public Art.

    GOALS OF POLICY:

    PUBLIC ART COMMITTEE:

    The Public Art Committee ("PAC") will advise the Associate Vice President for Physical Plant (AVPPP) regarding the following:

    The Public Art Committee will be led by 2 co-chairpersons and composed of a total of up to 12 members.

    Artist Selection Panel

    The PAC Co-Chairpersons will be responsible for forming an Artist Selection Panel for the purpose of reviewing and recommending an artist and/or artwork for commissioned art projects.

    Artist Selection Panels will be composed of members of the Public Art Committee and other individuals invited by the Co-Chairpersons of the PAC.  The Panels are formed on an ad hoc basis and may vary in composition depending on the size, complexity and purpose of the commissioned art project.

    Conflict of Interest

    Members of the PAC and/or an Artist Selection Panel must recuse themselves from any decision-making process, discussion or vote on a selection of artists or artwork if they would receive financial gain from the selection of artists or artwork or have a personal relationship (e.g., familial, business) with any of the artists under consideration.  For University faculty and staff serving on the PAC and/or an Artist Selection Panel, the University's Conflict of Interest Policy, HR22, shall also apply.  An artist selected to serve on an Artist Selection Panel is precluded from having his/her work considered for a Public Art project during his/her time of service.

    OUTDOOR PUBLIC ART MASTER PLAN FOR UNIVERSITY PARK:

    The Outdoor Public Art Master Plan for University Park is the responsibility of the AVPPP. It complements the Campus Master Plan and is approved by the Facilities Resources Committee (FRC). The Outdoor Public Art Master Plan is an "opportunities plan" that provides a rational approach to ensuring the best fit between site and Public Art. The Plan delineates three types of outdoor spaces, and specifies the parameters for siting outdoor Public Art in each of those spaces. They include:

    The Outdoor Public Art Master Plan is used to guide decision-making regarding siting and selecting outdoor Public Art at University Park. It is the foundation for identifying and evaluating sites for outdoor Public Art, and for recommending a preferred location for each work of outdoor Public Art. An inventory of outdoor Public Art is maintained that includes works of art that are and are not in the Palmer Museum of Art's collection.

    CRITERIA FOR SELECTION AND ACCEPTANCE OF PUBLIC ART:

    The criteria for selection and acceptance of Public Art shall take into consideration the following factors:

    PROCEDURES FOR SELECTING, ACQUIRING, COMMISSIONING AND SITING PUBLIC ART:

    APPROVAL PROCEDURES:

    APPLICATION:

    Those interested in installing public art on campus shall submit an application to the Public Art Committee that includes the following information:

    MAINTENANCE OF PUBLIC ART:

    Office of Physical Plant ("OPP") will approve the methods for installing, resiting, and maintaining public works of art.

    OPP will maintain outdoor Public Art at the University Park campus. Public Art at campuses other than University Park will be maintained by that campus' physical plant. An analysis of anticipated maintenance requirements will be a consideration in the selection and acceptance of Public Art. Permanent Public Art must be durable, require minimal maintenance, and have a life expectancy of 20 years or more. The source of maintenance funding must also be identified.

    OWNERSHIP OF PUBLIC ART:

    Before commissioning or accepting any permanent Public Art on University property, the University must obtain ownership of the Public Art.  In addition, the University shall attempt to obtain ownership or a license to intellectual property covering the Public Art.

    RELOCATION, REMOVAL OR DEACCESSION OF PUBLIC ART:

    The University reserves the right to relocate, remove, or deaccession Public Art.

    Public Art may be deaccessioned by the University in accordance with the collection policy of the Palmer Museum of Art.

    The Public Art Committee will maintain records, including photographs, of deaccessioned Public Art and, when practical, will keep track of new owners and locations.

    FURTHER INFORMATION:

    For questions, additional detail, or to request changes to this policy, please contact the Office of Physical Plant.

    CROSS REFERENCES:

    Other Policies in this manual should also be referenced, especially the following:

    AD51 - Use of Outdoor Areas for Expressive Activities

    AD57 - General Regulations on Use of University Property

    HR22 – Conflict of Interest


    Effective Date: August 4, 2015
    Date Approved: August 3, 2015
    Date Published: August 4, 2015

    Most recent changes:

    Revision History (and effective dates):

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