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Art Collection Policy

Effective Date: June 29, 2012
Downloadable Version: PDF ICON Art Collection Policy
Related Procedure(s): PDF ICON Art Collection Procedure
  This document is available in alternate format on request.


The Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (hereafter referred to as “Humber” or “the College”) is committed to the acquisition of contemporary Canadian art, particularly from the community and region. The intent of the art collection is to provide opportunities for students, staff and visitors to learn and grow through interaction with the collection.


The policy applies to all art acquisition in any media acquired by the College.


Art: works of art of all forms, including but not limited to paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, architecture, installations, digital and electronic works.


  1. Humber will acquire art in a flexible manner including gifts of art, direct purchase through cash, securities or other income streams, and grants from foundations and governments.
  2. The primary aim of the collection is to acquire contemporary Canadian art, particularly from this community and region. The collection should include various mediums and artistic styles.
  3. The collection will provide opportunities for the Humber student population to learn and grow through interaction with the collection. Thus, the work collected and how it is presented and made available will be affected by the goal of ensuring it is seen by and influences the student population.
  4. In addition to the focus on community and region, the collection policy provides support for the development of areas of specialization as determined by the Director/Curator e.g. figure drawings that, in turn, would provide illustrative support for visual arts students.
  5. The principal acquisition considerations for the collection include quality (preference for high quality pieces), relevance, condition, provenance and cost.
  6. The College will establish an Arts Curatorial Committee, chaired by the Director/Curator, to provide input to the College on the acquisition of art.
  7. The Director/Curator, reporting to the Vice President Academic, is the key strategic driver for the development and presentation of the collection. She/he will, with input from an Arts Curatorial Committee, determine and drive the focus for the collection.
  8. The Director/Curator is responsible for approving all art acquisitions.
  9. The Director/Curator is responsible for properly cataloguing, researching and preserving the collection as well as ensuring it is appropriately insured.