Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art

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 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. 

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Selections from the Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art

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Shirin Neshat image

Marjan (Masses) from The Book of Kings series
2012
Shirin Neshat

Hat on Shoulder
2002
Carroll Dunham

Shahzia Sikander image

Maligned Monster #2 (Double Standing Figures)
2002
Shahzia Sikander

Marclay image

Memento (Hearing is Believing)
2008
Christopher Marclay

Andrew Struth image

Grazing-Incidence-Spectrometer Max Planck IPP. Garching, Germany
2010
Thomas Struth

Robert Colescott painting

Famous Last Words: The Death of a Poet
1988
Robert Colescott


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.