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Public Art


The Art on Campus application provides information regarding art on MSU's Campus. Users can look at the art through a carousel or locations on the map. The images on this webpage have been optimized for web use, so please contact us for original images


The Public Art on Campus Committee (PAOCC) was established in 1999 by a resolution of the Michigan State University (MSU) Board of Trustees (BOT) to advance the presence of public art on campus. The committee is advisory to the Provost and the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services regarding the acquisition, placement, and maintenance of public art on the MSU campus. Approval for new works of art in public places must be obtained from the committee prior to acquisition and placement.

General Criteria Guide

The following general criteria guide the PAOCC in selecting artwork or commissioning artists:

  1. Artwork should relate to at least one of the following: a. Major enduring themes and events which identify MSU and underscore its historical values and mission. b. Programmatic themes relevant to the project c. The lives and accomplishments of significant MSU alumni, faculty or staff. d. The distinctive characteristics of an approach, style, or technique possessing high artistic value.
  2. Artwork should be intellectually accessible to audiences and should appeal to the broad academic community as well as the general public. Accessibility will be enhanced through effective interpretive signage, educational programming, and web-based inventory.
  3. Artwork should be appropriate to particular plans for land use and integrated into the architectural and landscape planning for the campus.
  4. Gifts of art to the university must be approved by the committee in consideration of 1) quality, 2) fit to program/mission, 3) maintenance requirements. Maintenance endowments should be included in any gifts of art.
  5. Faculty and student art can be considered for temporary or permanent installation.
  6. Resources for public art can come from a variety of sources. The BOT authorization resolves that MSU will dedicate one-half of one percent of the cost of new buildings and major renovations to public art, up to a maximum budget of $250,000.  Any remaining funds are put into a common campus art fund to support additional art acquisitions or to maintain the collection.  Financial gifts from private donors, gifts of art, and funding by university colleges or individual departments are also potential sources.



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