Art School Considerations

The Deans' Office and IRFM established the Art School Considerations group to help students realize projects that may present health, safety, or legal challenges. Art School Considerations is a list, a discussion, and a process that provides an avenue for students' work under the motto: "It's Not No; It's How?"

Here's how it works:

Students, faculty, and staff should consult the list below to determine if a project may present health, safety, or legal concerns during the conceptualization phase of a project. If a project involves any of the items on the checklist, discuss the project with your Student Project Coordinator (SPC).

SPCs are full-time staff who advise students on various aspects of art making in our shops, studios, and classrooms.

Once the SPC has reviewed the project proposal, the SPC will make recommendations. If the nature of the project or the recommendations presented by the SPC are not feasible, the SPC will refer the proposed project to SAIC's Student Project Review Committee for a final resolution and decision. Students, faculty, and advisors are welcome to attend the Student Project Review Committee meeting to assist with identifying a resolution.

Art School Considerations posters with SPC contact information are posted in each department. If your area needs a poster or an update, please contact

Art School Considerations List

If your project contains any of the items on the list below, discuss the project with your advisor, faculty members, or student project coordinator:

  • Food, Liquids, and Controlled Substances food, water, alcohol, other liquids, or prescription or over-the-counter medications
  • Chemicals and Hazardous Materials potentially hazardous materials requiring special ventilation, large amounts of materials/supplies not typically used or that are generally prohibited
  • Biomatter, Blood-borne Pathogens (BBP), and Organic Materials live animals; untreated hides; taxidermy; biomatter (living or recently living organisms); blood-borne pathogens (BBP); blood, urine, or other bodily fluids; decomposing materials; plants; soil; sand; rocks
  • Performative audience interaction/audience participation, actions that may place duress on the body
  • Weapons or objects that resemble weapons
  • Structures and Kinetics unprotected sharp edges, points, moving components, pedestals, heavy or unstable objects, installations outside the gallery or classroom, objects hanging from above, building a wall/altering a wall, overhead closures (tents, roofs, etc.), window coverings
  • Electrical and Sound Levels bare wiring, spliced wires, invented or altered electrical items, sound levels, and frequency
  • Alternative Spaces SAIC public spaces, stairways, hallways, elevators, sidewalks, exterior-facing windows, ceilings, pipes, drop-down, sprinkler systems
  • Fire and Safety candles, open flames, fire extinguishers, exit signs, alarm systems as artwork, potential tripping hazards, projects that block egress
  • Community and Courtesy confidentiality, privacy and anonymity, permissions, copyrights, public interaction
  • Anything you are unsure about