Officials at Rutgers University removed a piece of art that featured Jesus on a dartboard from the campus library in New Brunswick, New Jersey, April 21.
Natalie Caruso posted a picture of the controversial art on the Rutgers University Class of 2016 Facebook page April 20 with the caption: "This is currently displayed in the Art Library on College Ave. It is surprising that a state university would allow this. I asked them to take it down because I found it disrespectful and they refused. How is this acceptable!?"
According to NJ.com, the artwork, "Vitruvian Man," was taken off a wall near the circulation desk in the library, placed in a glass exhibit case with other art and, later, completely removed from the library.
Jessica Pellien, director of communications at Rutgers University Libraries, stated:
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The artwork in question was removed from the exhibit because it did not meet Rutgers University Libraries policy, which requires art exhibitions and their pieces to be based on university events, curricular offerings and topics of interest to the university community.
The process that the libraries use to determine how artwork is selected for inclusion in an exhibit takes into consideration freedom of expression as well as the criteria listed above. We have concluded that the policy and process the libraries use to select artwork for exhibitions was not followed.
The comments on Facebook were mixed:
Religious or not that does not look right for sure. Take it down please!
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I can see where you are upset but at the same time it is art. It falls under freedom of speech. It is allowed to be hung and the students who do not like it are allowed to protest and be angry. But you can't be upset that they allowed it because freedom is speech is important.
Everyone saying 'its just art' sound ignorant. If you were truly religious you would be offended by the dart board. Maybe youre not religious and dont care..but atleast have some respect for the people that actually care about religion and respect for God. Thats like making a piece like this involving race and hanging it up in public then would you say 'its just art' ?? Smh Natalie Caruso dont mind these ignorant fools.