ARTS FIRST Public Art Guidelines

Harvard ARTS FIRST Festival, April 30-May 3, 2020

Harvard students may create temporary public art projects for outdoor sites during ARTS FIRST in two ways:

Projects proposed for Harvard Yard: vetted, approved, and overseen by the OFA. 


Project concepts will be reviewed for:

  • Artistic quality

  • Feasibility

  • Suitability for outdoor daylight display (including potential safety or vandalism issues)

  • Grounds and accessibility compliance

  • VES or GSD affiliation (preferred)

We also welcome proposals for temporary public art projects for the following indoor sites throughout the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue:

  • Arts Wing

  • South Arcade Room

  • Bank Vault Meeting Room in Collaborative Commons

  • First-floor landing of stairway from Arcade to Roof Garden

  • Second-floor walkways, landings, and open air space throughout the Arcade and Welcome Pavilion 

The application for submitting Public Art proposals for ARTS FIRST 2020 will be posted in October 2019.

If you are an artist seeking exhibition space for ARTS FIRST 2020 and have questions or need assistance, please contact Marin Orlosky Randow, ARTS FIRST Coordinator (orlosky@fas).

Projects at other campus sites (e.g., house courtyards): must be approved by the facility/office with oversight for the specific site. 

If you have a confirmed site, you may complete an AF publicity form (see About the Festival) to list your project in the festival guide. 


[Top: BLOOM, 2014 (Wendy Engler, Nieman Foundation; Ling-Li Tseng, GSD; Aiko Nakano and Fernando Rodríguez, MIT)]