In her essay, "Public Art on Campus," Shelly Willis (2005)
notes that "most university public art programs use
the same funding mechanism, selection processes, policies, and master
plans as those used by the other types of public art organizations,
and they all face the same challenges of conservation and maintenance."
However, according to Willis, campus art must take on challenges
that public art need not consider, including a heightened awareness
of process and campus response.
Until recently, the only formal procedures for the consideration of public art on campus were practical ones. One such procedure outlines how to request space for a temporary outdoor display. However, there was no policy for the permanent (or long-term) installation of art in public places on campus.
In response to recent controversies concerning several new pieces
of Public Art, the Faculty Senate first began consideration of a
new Carnegie Mellon University Public Art Policy in October 2005.
A Public Art Committee (PAC) was formed and a Campus Public Art
Policy was formulated and approved by the Faculty Senate. Final
approval by the President's Council came in February 2006.
This Campus Conversation will seek to explore the various issues
surrounding Public Art Policy on campus. The results of the deliberative
poll could provide community feedback to the Public Art Committee
and others on campus seeking information on the procedures and issues
concerning Public Art on the Campus of Carnegie Mellon.
History and Issues relating to the current campus policy on Public
Library source materials relating to Public Art Policy.
This report contains both quantitative and qualitative data from
the deliberative poll. It also contains data from the online discussions.
Anyone interested in joining the Campus Conversation can participate
by signing up and joining what is called a "convenience sample".
We are providing CMU Alumni with the opportunity to participate
in this discussion via CMU's Public Informed Citizen Online Assembly.
Additionally, all participants in the face-to-face Wednesday event
can continue the conversation via an asynchronous forum. Go to
to participate online.
Moderator: Michael Chemers, School of Drama
John Carson, Head of the School of Arts
Andrea Hamilton, Student Body Vice President
Ralph Horgan, Associate Vice Provost Of Campus Design And Facility
Robbee Kosak, Vice President for University Advancement