Committee on Outdoor Art at Cornell (COAC)
COAC Goal:To enhance the use of the Cornell campus as a forum for the creation and display of artistic installations in publicly-accessible outdoor places in support of the academic mission.
COAC Mission:To facilitate the review, development, and installation of campus public art through developing a set of policies and procedures that will ensure the careful choice of appropriate works of art, their proper installation, inventory, and maintenance, and the identification and commitment of funds for these purposes.
What is considered a work of art?
Works of Art – may include: sculpture, in situ creations, paintings, murals, decorative benches, lamps, or other such “street furniture”, video installations, and other new media, both permanent and temporary, whether given, purchased, or commissioned. For the purposes of this committee, it does not include short-term (less than 1 day) student installations made under the supervision of a faculty member, or short-term film and video projections installed for announcements or curricular purposes, or directional or informational signage or banners.
2021 COAC Membership:
Director of the Johnson Art Museum (COAC Co-Chair) – Jessica Martinez
University Landscape Architect (COAC Co-Chair) – David Cutter
University Architect – Margaret Carney
Vice President of Alumni Affairs and Development - Fred Van Sickle
Director of Cornell Council for the Arts – Tim Murray
University Planner – Leslie Schill
Director of the Grounds Department – Dan Schied
Director of Cornell Botanic Gardens – Christopher Dunn
Faculty representative Department of Architecture – Caroline O’Donnell
Faculty representative Department of Art – Leeza Meksin
Faculty representative Department of Landscape Architecture – Timothy Baird
Faculty representative Department of Design and Environmental Analysis – Jack Elliott
For questions or more information about COAC, please contact David Cutter.