Guidelines for Public Art Acquisition


Exterior Public Artwork guidelines:

When a gift of public art is being offered to the university, or when public art is being commissioned, the appropriate university representatives must be contacted to begin the public artwork planning process.  The Gregg Museum Curator, the head of the Department of Art and Design, the University Architect and the University Landscape Architect shall be included in all discussions regarding the acquisition of public artwork whether the art is a gift or is being provided by other fund sources. These representatives will assist in identifying and meeting critical criteria and considerations for university acceptance and the successful installation of artwork for public display on the campus of NC State University.  This group may invite additional input or establish ad hoc committees, as appropriate, including representatives of the visual arts departments (Art and Design, Landscape Architecture, or Architecture) when it needs special expertise or additional comment.

The head of the Department of Art and Design and Gregg Curator are professionals in the field of art and design. They will assist in establishing a Request for Proposal (RFP) if necessary, which will include the guidelines and criteria for artists submitting proposals for the creation of any commissioned artworks.  The head of the Department of Art and Design and Gregg Curator will also serve in an advisory role, addressing issues ranging from aesthetics, form and scale considerations, to helping to identify relevant questions pertinent to specified objectives.

The University Architect and the University Landscape Architect are professionals in the field of planning and design.  They will function as liaisons for the university to the artist, architect and/or project team (as applicable) responsible for the design and implementation. The University Architect and the University Landscape Architect will also help address issues including, but not limited to:  form and scale considerations relative to the building and/or site, campus safety considerations, precedent, how the art should or could be sited, lighting considerations for the artwork, and landscaping the site.


Interior Public Artwork guidelines:

The Gregg Museum Curator, the head of the Department of Art and Design, and the University Architect shall be contacted to initiate planning art for public interior spaces, such as lobbies, lounges, and public meeting rooms.

Although involving the Gregg Museum Curator and head of the Department of Art and Design may not be required for all decisions regarding Interior Art Collections in departmental offices and spaces, their consultation is recommended when trying to determine:

  •     The value of the gift of art.
  •     Whether or not to accept or decline the object of art.
  •     If insurance advice is needed.
  •     How and where to securely install artwork.
  •     If locations for hung artwork are precarious and may result in damage or theft.

Guidelines for Arts Aquisitions