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Art on Campus Program

To protect the University’s art collections, the University of Richmond Museums will no longer accept applications to display artworks in campus spaces other than the museums themselves. For further information, please contact Matthew Houle, Curator of Museum Collections, (804) 289-8305.

The University of Richmond Museums are responsible for the University's permanent collection of art, artifacts, and natural history specimens. Through the Art on Campus Program, the Museums select artwork from the collection–primarily prints-– to display in public spaces on campus, and administrative offices and shared spaces, to support the pursuit of intellectual inquiry and cultural enrichment.

Placement Criteria

Works from the permanent collection should be located in areas that are accessible and visible to the campus community and visitors and must meet the security and environmental standards of the Museums. Generally, artwork cannot be hung in an unsupervised location, near heating or air conditioning units, or places in direct sunlight.

Since protection and preservation of all objects on campus are of primary importance, the Museums executive director or curator of collections has the authority to determine the placement and display of artworks. 

Borrowing Artwork

Faculty and staff interested in borrowing artwork for their office/departmental office suite from the permanent collection should follow these steps:

  • Visit the Museums collections database to preview the portfolio of artworks that are currently on view in the Art on Campus Program. This portfolio features a sample of the type of art displayed through the Art on Campus program. 
  • Submit the Art on Campus Request Form.

What Happens Next? 

  • Requests are processed as they are received.
  • A Museums staff member will review and respond to requests. 
  • If the request is moved forward, Museums staff will schedule an appointment with the borrower to inspect the requested location and/or meet with the borrower to view and reserve artwork selections. 

Installation of Artwork

Due to the annual exhibition schedule and educational programs and events, Museums' Art on Campus is typically installed and de-installed between mid-March and July 31. 

  • Museums staff will schedule an appointment with the borrower to install the artwork.
  • Borrowers are required to sign a loan agreement form at the time of installation. 
Insurance and Loan Agreement


A value range of the object(s) on loan is provided at the time of installation to assist with the valuation of the artwork(s) in the event of loss or damage. Artwork on loan through the Art on Campus Program is covered by the University's insurance policy, and in the event of an insurance claim, the insurance deductible will be covered by the University.

Loan Agreement

Borrowers are required to sign a loan agreement form. The agreement includes the terms of the loan, information about the artworks, value range, and signatures from the borrower and museums staff member. 

Current Borrowers

To return artwork, or in the event of space renovations or an emergency, please contact: 

Matthew Houle
Curator of Museum Collections
(804) 289-8305

Get in Touch

To learn more about the Art on Campus Program, please contact:

Matthew Houle
Curator of Museum Collections
(804) 289-8305