A Decade of Giving
WFU Print Collection: New Acquisitions 2000-10
Opening Reception: Jan. 20, 4 - 6pm
Gallery Talk at 5pm by Sterling Boyd, Print Collection founder and former Art Department Chair.
Among the works on exhibit will be:
Abrecht Durer - "Pilate Washing His Hands"
Francisco Goya - "Se Aprovechan", from the Disasters of War series
Kathe Kollwitz - "Self-portrait"
Pablo Picasso - "Couverture"
Richard Hamilton - "My Marilyn"
Joseph Beuys - "Il Rivolutione Siamo Noi"
Wake Forest University Art Department Print Collection
In 1969 Wake Forest established its Art Department and within a year the print collection was well underway. This was the vision of Sterling Boyd, the first chairman of the department. His education had been so enriched by the collections at Washington & Lee and Princeton Universities that he made great efforts to secure funds and enlist experts to build a similar collection of museum quality prints for Wake Forest.
In 1970 the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation granted $10,000 in support of the expansion of the collection. Within two years the collection numbered 173 treasures - from 15th century woodcuts to early 20th century sets by Picasso. Generous gifts added to the art department collection including the masterpiece, “The Grand Bathers” by Paul Cezanne and James Ensor’s series “The Seven Deadly Sins”.
The goal was to provide students with fine original works of art to study first hand. Every important technique, style, and period is represented - and the list of artists represented is astounding.
Print prices have since escalated dramatically, taking this level of collecting well beyond our reach. But thanks to the generosity of our alumni, professors, and friends we have continued to collect and preserve these works for future generations to appreciate. The collection now numbers over 450. Of the 32 pieces in this exhibition, 29 are donations!
We would like to offer our sincere thanks to these individuals who have given the prints included in this exhibition (2001-2010):
Martine Sherrill, Curator of Prints
David L. Faber
WFU Professor of Printmaking
Harry Titus, Jr.
WFU Professor of Art History
WFU Professor of Chemistry
Charlotte Easley Shaw
- on behalf of Bynum Shaw
WFU Professor of English
Richard Pardue ‘76
Cristin Tierney ‘93
WFU Assistant Gallery Director
Catherine Woodard ‘80
Nelson Blitz, Jr.
Brian Stenfors ‘67
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Mr. (and Mrs.) Morris Rozar ‘56
Francisco Goya - “No Te Escaparas” from “Los Caprichos” series, 1799, etching with aquatint