Temporary Outdoor Art Policy

Proposals for temporary outdoor art on campus shall by made simultaneously to the University Curator (UC) and the University Architect (UA), who, in consultation with the University’s Campus Art Committee, will be jointly responsible for making any and all determinations and approvals.

In making such determinations, the UC and UA shall be guided by the policies below. In doing so, the UC and UA shall also consult, in their discretion, other administrative entities of the University, including but not limited to the Vice Provost of University Life, Division of Public Safety, Business Services Division, Office of General Counsel, Risk Management, Operations and Maintenance Group, and/or Development and Alumni Relations.

The UC and UA will make best efforts to respond to any temporary art proposal within ten working days. The possible consultations described above may prolong this review process. Exceptions to the policy below shall be at the joint discretion of the UC and the UA.

Policies guiding the review of proposals for temporary art are as follows:

  • Request must be submitted in writing to UC and UA 30 days prior to temporary installation date.
  • No temporary art shall be allowed within the core of campus, herein defined as that bounded by 34th street, 37th Street, Spruce Street and Walnut Street.
  • The maximum duration for any temporary art installation is 21 days (including installation and deinstallation).
  • If approved, the artist is responsible for all costs of installation and deinstallation, as well as any repairs that might be necessary while the art is in place and for site restoration.
  • Requests for installation of temporary art must be accompanied by comprehensive and accurate graphic depiction of the piece in its proposed location, seen from multiple directions, as well as all infrastructure requirements and mounting details. Care in developing such details must be taken to prevent any potential damage to existing paving or landscape.
  • 2 temporary art projects are permitted on campus at any given time.
  • Public safety provisions must be explicitly addressed in the proposal– e.g., wind loads, climbing hazards, visibility, etc.
  • No permanent marker of any kind will be allowed to memorialize any piece of temporary art after its deinstallation.