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.

Our Goals

  1. Support the pedagogy of the University and the education of Wake Forest students with object-based learning that informs and enriches curriculum.
  2. Acquire, preserve, interpret, exhibit, and otherwise make accessible works of art for the benefit of a variety of audiences, in support of the interdisciplinary educational goals of the University and for the benefit of the community at large.
  3. Exhibit contemporary artworks manifesting a range of concepts, styles, media, and a diversity of artists (gender, race, perspectives) whose work informs, inspires, and challenges our students, the University, and the community to see the world anew.
  4. Serve as a dynamic and innovative teaching resource in curricular, co-curricular, and experiential learning opportunities for faculty, students and staff.

Diversity and Inclusion

Wake the Arts believes the arts belong to all of us. In order for that to be true, the visual and performing arts community at Wake Forest is committed to developing policies, programs, performances, events, and communication strategies that are inclusive and welcoming to all students, faculty, staff, and our greater community. We are dedicated to transforming lives through the powerful impact of the Arts and we affirm the representation of diverse voices and perspectives in our work. We stand with the Black Lives Matter movement and acknowledge that equity across race, gender identity, and sexual orientation is critical for all of us to thrive. We commit to elevating this diversity in our coursework, in our exhibition spaces, in the performances we create in our theatres and concert halls, and throughout our creative research and scholarship.

Land Acknowledgement Statement

This statement honors the land on which Wake Forest University now resides and the land on which the original campus resided. This land served for centuries as a place for exchange and interaction for Indigenous peoples, specifically Saura (saw-ra), Catawba (ka-tah-buh), Cherokee (chair-o-kee), and Lumbee (lum-bee) in this location and Shakori (shu-kor-ee), Eno (ee-no), Sissipahaw (sis-suh-pa-hah), and Occaneechi (oak-a-nee-chee) in the original campus location. Today Wake Forest continues to be a place of learning and engagement for Indigenous students, faculty, and staff regionally, nationally, and globally.

Get in touch

Office of University Art Collections
PO Box 7232
Winston-Salem, NC 27109



Office Hours
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Please schedule an appointment



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Click below to read our Statement of Policies.

Policy Document