Exhibits and performances are selected with the intention of achieving an inclusive and balanced program that responds to the developing diversity of the Wesleyan community. These activities are managed to ensure the selection process is transparent and in conjunction with the Library’s Values and Commitments.
The aim of this policy document is to provide a clear summary of the Library’s performance and display activities of student and nonstudent art, in particular outlining the principles, qualifications, and stipulations that inform the process by which individual exhibitions and events are selected.
Statement of Principles
In general terms, exhibitions and performances should be:
This policy covers onsite library exhibitions and performances by students and community partners. It does not cover the full range of creative and other collaborative activities at Wesleyan University [e.g., Unique Collections, SC&A, DAC, CFA/Zilkha Gallery]. Collaborative exhibitions and performances are encouraged and there is the potential for displays to be curated with and by students, artists-in-residence, and other community partners.
The Activating Spaces Team maintains the following library spaces for exhibitions/displays:
Other areas of the library may be used from time to time. Displays usually run for a period of 6-12 months, but in some instances the display term will be shortened to accommodate internal or external demands and depending on the material to be displayed. Applicants wishing to display their work in the wall cases located on the Lower Level of Olin Library must commit to a one-year exhibition period. The library will inform the artist of the duration of the display prior to its start.
Performances can be held in publicly available spaces in both the Olin and Exley Libraries.*