The University Art Collection provides students opportunities for direct engagement with original works of art, while cultivating an environment that creates dialogue, fosters creativity, and promotes interdisciplinary thinking. The Benson University Center is the home of a unique art collection. Established in 1962, The Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art is unusual in that it was conceived by students, selected by student committees, and purchased entirely with University funds. Every four years since the first New York buying trip in 1963, a small group of students, under the direction of an Art Department faculty member, have researched contemporary artists and the contemporary art market and purchased new artworks for the Wake Forest Art Collection. Included are paintings, prints, drawings, photography, and sculpture by such notable artists as Jasper Johns, Louise Nevelson, Alex Katz, Robert Colescott, Glenn Ligon, Kiki Smith, and Shirin Neshat. The Student Union Collection is now the University’s premier collection, numbering nearly 200 artworks by over one hundred different artists. This program is the first of its kind at a university.
To learn more about the collections, visit https://artcollections.wfu.edu/