Established in 1962, this collection 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 Mark H. Reece Collection of Student-Acquired Contemporary Art 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. 

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Shirin Neshat image

Marjan (Masses) from The Book of Kings series
Shirin Neshat

Hat on Shoulder
Carroll Dunham

Shahzia Sikander image

Maligned Monster #2 (Double Standing Figures)
Shahzia Sikander

Marclay image

Memento (Hearing is Believing)
Christopher Marclay

Andrew Struth image

Grazing-Incidence-Spectrometer Max Planck IPP. Garching, Germany
Thomas Struth

Queer Rage, Don’t touch the art, p68 from Indigenous Woman
Martine Gutierrez

Provided by Marian Goodman Gallery and © Thomas Struth, 2021
© Christian Marclay
Courtesy Shahzia Sikander and Sikkema Jenkins and Co.
Reproduced with permission of Carroll Dunham.
Copyright retained by Shirin Neshat or artist’s representative.