5-1: Art Displays and Artistic Expression – Procedures

  1. All works of art that are candidates for display at the College first undergo a process of review and selection by a panel consisting of members of the art faculty or by the Art soon Campus Advisory Committee. No works of art that have not been approved by this panel or committee may be placed on public display.
  2. Artwork is judged suitable for display both on aesthetic or educational grounds and on such concerns as safety considerations and the need for unimpeded traffic.
  3. Just as no one is permitted to post notices, erect nonartistic structures, etc., on campus property without prior authorization, no one may exhibit artistic works for display on campus property without prior authorization as described herein. Any unapproved work may be considered vandalism and may be removed without notice by Facilities and Operations Office staff or other College personnel.
  4. The public display of artwork by a student is subject to the specifications of this policy. The restrictions described herein with regard to public display, except for those concerning safety and protecting persons and property from injury or damage, do not apply to the display of a student’s submissions to the art faculty as part of the process of reviewing and judging the student’s satisfying requirements for a course or program. In other words, art students may submit for internal judging any and all artwork the student wishes to submit as part of the requirements for a course or program. This policy only applies when such artwork is proposed for general display.
  5. A copy of this policy is posted by the head of the Art Department on the main bulletin board in the Visual and Performing Arts Center and by the Director of Art on Campus or the chair of the Art on Campus Advisory Committee.
  6. This policy specifically addresses displays of visual art. It does not directly address the public dissemination of other forms of art (such as dance recitals) or public exhibitions of  woodworking, fashion, and the like; however, the spirit and intentions of this policy should guide students and employees during their involvement in these other forms of expression, as well. And, should the need arise, the principles articulated herein may be applied to these other forms of artistic expression.
  1. Procedures followed by the Art on Campus Advisory Committee may be found in “Procedures for the Acquisition and Exhibition of Art at Santa Fe Community College,” available from the Director of Art on Campus or the Chair of the Art on Campus Advisory Committee, and those followed by the members of the Art Department are available from the Dean of Arts, Design, and Media Arts.


The following portions of the College’s premises are designated solely or primarily for the display of art.

A. Educational Areas:

  1. Visual Art Gallery, Room 701
  2. East Wing Gallery
  3. Media Arts Hallway Gallery
  4. Courtyard B
  5. Courtyard C
  6. Multipurpose rooms 727 and 711 (used as classrooms and for lectures and exhibitions)
  7. External sculpture yard (a working courtyard)
  8. External art gallery (Area A).

B. Art on Campus venues:

  • Perimeter campus walkway
  • Public spaces and offices on SFCC Main Campus
  • Grounds, offices and public spaces at the Higher Education Center


By extending the classroom into a temporary and more public space, students receive an introduction to the challenges faced by mature artists interacting with a public audience, while remaining within the more forgiving walls of the academy. At the same time, such exposure brings with it greater responsibilities. Art displayed in more public spaces attracts a different kind of scrutiny from that received in the classroom. Audiences can be less predictable, and successful communication presents greater challenges. Faculty should help students understand these issues within an educational framework. Both faculty and students should be aware that art often raises topics that are complex and demand thoughtful engagement.


Contact:         Linda Cassel, Director of Art on Campus and of the Visual Arts Gallery

Updated:        6/7/17

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