Chapter 44 – Art in State Buildings

(Amended 5/03; 12/03; 3/13)

44.1 Introduction

The Art in State Buildings Program was enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa (PDF iconIC 304A.8-14) to provide for the inclusion of fine arts projects in state building construction projects in cooperation with the Iowa State Arts Council. The requirement states that one half of one percent of the project total cost (not construction cost) shall be expended for the acquisition, preparation, and installation of fine arts elements. Responsibility for implementing the Art in State Buildings Program in compliance with Iowa law is hereby delegated to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) for UIHC capital projects. Accordingly, the following protocol does not apply to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics projects. 

44.2 Application

The program shall apply to projects that meet the following profile:

  1. Budget in excess of $1 million, regardless of source of funds.
  2. Construction or major renovation of buildings that directly serve the University's mission of teaching, research, and service (classrooms, offices, health care facilities, laboratories, libraries, residence halls, and athletic and recreational facilities). Maintenance or repair projects, and construction or renovation of parking facilities, utilities, and campus service facilities shall not be included in the program.
  3. Projects involving architectural preservation, when such projects involve the preservation or restoration of ornamental detailing of historic properties, shall themselves be construed as applications of the Art in State Buildings Program, and shall not require the expenditure of additional funds for art. 

44.3 Art on Campus Committee and Selection of Art

The Art on Campus Committee will receive assistance and support from Facilities Management and will work in close collaboration with the Campus Planning Committee, from which it may seek input and advice as appropriate, in fulfilling its charge. The committee is chaired by the Director of the Museum of Art.

  1. Membership. The Director of the Museum of Art and the Director of Facilities Management serve as permanent voting members of the committee. In addition, committee membership includes representatives from the School of Art and Art History, the Campus Planning Committee, the University of Iowa Foundation, the Museum of Art, and four at-large members, appointed by the chair, drawn from academic departments campus wide, and/or from the Iowa City area community.
  2. Terms. All appointments are for terms of two years. Members may serve up to three consecutive terms at the request of the chair.
  3. Charge. The Art on Campus Committee is responsible for maintaining high standards for all permanently installed art on the University of Iowa campus, with the exception of the University museums. In addition, the Art on Campus Committee provides expertise and guidance in the acquisition of public art across the University of Iowa campus under the Art in State Buildings Program. In spending one-half of one percent of applicable project costs, as mandated by state law, to acquire public art, the Art on Campus Committee seeks to purchase or facilitates the purchase or the commission of outstanding works of art for campus public and semi-public areas.

    In addition to selecting the art, the committee shall consider and identify maintenance and related costs that would be required for a given artwork. When the committee convenes to consider art for a given space or building, the respective dean or appropriate administrator is informed, and the committee is joined at the outset by a (voting) representative from a college, department, school, or division housed in a new or newly renovated facility for which funds have been set aside for the acquisition of art.

    In addition, the committee reviews proposals for the public display of art on a long-term or permanent basis on campus sites. The committee meets at least quarterly, and agendas and minutes include at minimum a list and schedule of ongoing business to be conducted, which is annotated to reflect action taken.
  4. Philosophy. Art selected for the University of Iowa campus is intended to edify and delight. Therefore, excellence of aesthetic idea, sensibility, and execution should be the hallmarks of selection of art by the Art on Campus Committee, with the consequence that selected works demonstrate persuasively and forcefully to the public that The University of Iowa is deeply concerned with universal and lasting human values. 

44.4 Funding for Works of Art

For qualifying projects, the approved budget shall contain a line item that clearly states the amount that the project shall contribute to the acquisition, preparation, and installation of the works of art. This contribution shall be considered to be fixed, except in extraordinary circumstances. If the cost of the recommended selection exceeds the budgeted amount, additional sources of funding shall be identified from outside the project prior to action on the recommendation. 

44.5 Acquisition, Preparation, and Installation

Acquisition, preparation, and installation of works of art shall be carried out via contract. Contracts should be reviewed and approved consistent with University policy and shall be subject to approval by the University Business Manager. Contract oversight shall be provided by Facilities Management. Facilities Management shall consult with the Director of the Museum of Art to ensure that the artistic intent of the work of art is carried out, to the extent possible.

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