Collecting Plan and Scope

Freund LandscapeThe Public Art Committee collects excellent examples of art work in all media by reputable artists who are recognized for:  making significant contributions to their field over time; attaining professional recognition in national or international media or art organizations (CAA, AAMD, NEA, and so forth) for creating one or more significant bodies of work; developing innovations, or being an acknowledged expert, in a chosen media, technique, or way of working; being selected for competitive exhibitions, permanent collections, or solo shows by major museums and institutions.

The Public Art Committee also collects excellent examples of objects from reputable museums and institutions of higher learning that make collections or portions of collections ethically available by donation or for purchase by similar institutions.

The committee collects works in all media by such artists and institutions to include: art historical examples of media, content, movements, or eras of production; ceramic, computer-generated graphic and digital production; drawing; mixed-media; multi-media; installation; painting or aqueous media; photography; printmaking and sculpture.

The Public Art Committee is responsible for identifying the Collecting Scope, monitoring compliance with the intent of the scope statement in the Collecting Plan and acquisitions, and providing information about collecting goals and objectives to the public and potential donors


The Collecting Objectives are:

  • Collect within bounds of the stated mission of The Public Art Committee.
  • Collect within the categories outlined in the Collecting Plan formulated by The Public Art Committee (See Appendix, Addendum G: Collecting Plan).
  • Collect actively and intentionally, making the collection plan and lists of recommended selections available to the university community, the public, and potential donors.
  • Collect only what can be properly exhibited, conserved, secured, and stored.
  • Collect only objects that are in suitable condition for research, exhibition and interpretation, and classroom use.


The Public Art Committee maintains the university collecting plan and a master list of art works sought by the committee or recommended as described in the objectives above. Objects are actively and intentionally collected by the committee with the understanding that no college or departmental line-item budget may be utilized to purchase or commission art work, with one exception: a percentage reserved in a construction or renovation project.  Any acquisition is made, and all commissions are awarded contingent upon the availability of donated funds (to include grant awards or prizes).  Any art work made available via donation is subject to the gift procedures within this document (See Appendix, Addendum D: UCA Guidelines for Donation of Art Works.). Potential donors are made aware of collecting priorities and processes (See Section VI: Acquisition, Accessioning and Loans.). The committee does not accept donations of objects for long-term or permanent loan.