Interim Guidelines for Acquisitions
Brock University Art Collection
This statement is meant to guide decisions about accepting proposed donations of works of art to Brock University.
It is an interim measure to serve until a more comprehensive policy is developed which will address the long-term development of the collection, including the provision of appropriate physical, human, and financial resources, as well as the clarification of curatorial responsibility, if any, by Rodman Hall Arts Centre.
These guidelines are consistent with the Donation Policy approved by the Board of Trustees on May 2004.
Brock University will consider accepting works of art of high artistic quality in a good state of preservation, primarily for purposes of public display.
- The University must have the capacity to handle long-term preservation and care of the work in a responsible manner.
- The donation must constitute a complete transfer without restrictions from the previous owner.
- The donation is valued at an objective and fair appraisal of current market value by a recognized independent expert.
- The donation will have some usefulness in the academic program of the Department of Visual Arts.
- The donation will be an original work of art, which may include multiples only if the work was created specifically for the multiple medium and is part of a genuine limited edition.
- Information about the prospective donation will be brought to the attention of the University Art Collections Manager, who will advise the Chair of Visual Arts. The Chair of Visual Arts will convene the Acquisitions Committee, comprising:
- at least two members of the Visual Arts faculty
- the University Art Collections Manager
- one representative from University Advancement
- The Chair of Visual Arts may invite external experts to provide input. She/he will also notify the Dean of Humanities of any such meeting, and the Dean has the right to attend or to send a representative. In consultation with the University Art Collections Manager, the Chair may determine whether the physical presence of the work of art under consideration is required, or whether photographic representations are sufficient.
- The Acquisitions Committee will recommend acceptance or rejection of the proposed donation according to the general policy and considerations outlined above.
- University Advancement will normally serve as liaison with the prospective donor.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
No art work done by a current Acquisitions Committee member or any of her/his family may be considered for acquisition.
Any Acquisitions Committee member wishing to donate a work must withdraw from the meeting during discussion of the proposed donation.