Galleries and Collections

The Charlotte and Philip Hanes Gallery is focused on presenting challenging and engaging artwork; mostly contemporary, but sometimes focused on historical works or selections from the breadth of Wake Forest University’s collections. Through 6-8 exhibitions a year, the Hanes Gallery’s goal is to encourage a direct and involving experience with the artwork.

The START Gallery is dedicated to providing students with an opportunity to gain immersive experience and transferable skills in the visual arts market by developing a venue in which high quality student art is available at reasonable prices. The gallery strives to create a unique experiential learning laboratory in which engaged students have formative experiences while participating in the management and operation of the gallery as they prepare to become viable artists and/or professionals aspiring to leadership roles in art galleries.

Visual Resources Center This reference collection of digital images, slides, art books, journals, videos, and DVDs consists of over 200,000 images of art and architecture from prehistoric times to the present day. These materials are used not only by the art history and studio faculty and students, but by other faculty and visiting lecturers in all disciplines, especially literature, world history, civilization, and languages.

The Art Department Print Collection consists of original fine art spanning the 15th- 21st centuries encompassing a broad range of techniques and styles. From illuminated manuscripts to digital photographs, we have continued to expand the collection through gifts and purchases. Some artists represented are Matisse, Goya, Picasso, Durer, Rembrandt, and Whistler. Selected pieces are often exhibited in public spaces, while the majority of the collection can be seen online.

The Wake Forest University Art Collections consist of nine independent and diverse collections assembled by a variety of circumstances including commissions, gifts, bequests and purchases. Over 1600 works including paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, drawings, furniture and textiles are located in thirty-five on and off-campus locations. As a valuable and irreplaceable cultural asset, the Collections foster an awareness and appreciation of the visual arts and support the University’s educational mission through examination, conversation and instruction.