In the fall of 1994 the President and Board of Trustees of Middlebury College adopted a “One Percent for Art” policy that was recommended by an ad-hoc Committee on Art in Public Places (CAPP).
This decision set aside one percent of the cost of any renovation or new construction at the college for the purchase, installation, maintenance, and interpretation of works of art publicly displayed on campus. With the adoption of this policy, which came within two years of the completion of the Center for the Arts and the Museum of Art, the Trustees formalized the existence of CAPP and signaled that the arts would come to play an increasingly important role in Middlebury’s institutional identity.
The Trustees’ charge to CAPP was clear: expand the educational mission of the Museum and the History of Art and Architecture and Studio Art programs by placing on campus compelling works of high quality; make works accessible to the non-specialist through interpretative materials; elicit gifts and loans that enhance the aesthetic and educational mission of the arts; involve a broad representation of the community in the selection, installation, and interpretation process; and ensure the security and care of these objects.
Since its inception, the committee—comprised of faculty, students, administrators, and trustees of the college—has diligently pursued its agenda, evaluating proposed gifts and prioritizing prospective sites for art projects. In addition, CAPP has established fiscal policies and future goals and informed and educated the community at large about the works of art on campus. As a result, the Middlebury community and visitors alike can now enjoy one of the most important campus-wide sculpture collections of any American liberal arts college.
Chair, Committee on Art in Public Places
Director, Middlebury College Museum of Art
Walter Cerf Distinguished College Professor