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Exhibition Guidelines

Eligible Exhibitors

  • Faculty, staff, and student groups affiliated with the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts or the Department of Art History and Archaeology

Exhibitor Responsibilities

  • Exhibitors must fill out an exhibition request form.

  • Exhibition space is granted on a first-come basis and should be requested well in advance of the desired exhibit date. If the exhibitor is unable to mount his exhibition, please notify the library staff as soon as possible.

  • Exhibitors are responsible for installation and removal of their display items.

  • Exhibitors assume all risk of damage or loss of their materials. Inclusion of valuable objects in displays is strongly discouraged. The library is not responsible for display items that are damaged, lost, or stolen.

  • Exhibitors are responsible for providing all materials for their exhibits.

  • Exhibitors are required to check out all library books that are used in their exhibits. Rubber bands, paper clips, post-it notes, sticky tape and other foreign substances should not be used on or in library materials. Books should lie flat or be placed on cradles or stands to prevent damage to the pages or spine. Library reference service is available to exhibitors for guidance in the location of relevant library materials and consultation on exhibit technique.

  • Exhibitors are expected to leave the exhibit cases in the same condition in which they were found.

  • Exhibitors must provide the name and the title of the exhibit. A sign with the title of the exhibit will be on display with the exhibit. The sign should not be affixed to the glass by means of any adhesive substance.

  • Exhibitions may include: books, book jackets, periodicals, posters, artwork, handicrafts, and other material that will visually enhance the exhibit.

  • Exhibitions may be reserved for one week to one month; extensions will be granted, if no other exhibits are scheduled.

  • Exhibition signage and written materials should be neat and accurate.

  • Exhibitions will be publicized, in some cases.

Exhibit Rights and Restrictions

Washington University Libraries adhere to the American Library Association's policy statement on Exhibit Spaces and Bulletin Boards which states that, "materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation."

  • Exhibitions should reflect the academic, cultural, historical, scientific or social concerns of the University and its community, informing, educating and enriching the public.

  • Exhibitions should not include defaming or obscene materials as defined by the Supreme Court ruling in Miller vs California 1973. (basic guidelines) see below:
  • Exhibitions that editorialize personal or partisan opinions or viewpoints will not be approved.

  • The basic guidelines for the trier of fact must be:

    • (a) whether "the average person, applying contemporary community standards" would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest,
    • (b) whether the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable state law; and
    • (c) whether the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value."


    Exhibition Request Form


    Exhibitor/Name:

    Exhibition Dates:

    Title of Exhibition and
    Brief Description:

    Installation Date:

    Removal Date:

    Space Requested: Hallway Display Cases
    Far Left Case
    Center Case
    Far Right Case (near Whittaker Lab entrance)

    Display Case inside the Library
    Library Display Case

    Department/Organization:

    Contact Person(s):

    Telephone:

    Email:

    The person submitting this form has read and accepted the exhibition guidelines and conditions for exhibiting material in the University Libraries at Washington University.

    Submitted by:

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