SUAAC Acquisitions A new generation selects contemporary artwork for the Wake Forest Collection

The Student Union Art Acquisitions Committee

Every four years since 1963, a small group of students has traveled to New York City, with University funds, to purchase art for Wake Forest’s Student Union Art Collection. They are charged with choosing works that reflect the times. An extraordinary time called for an extraordinary response, and despite restrictions posed by the pandemic, the 2021 student committee delivered. Read more about the selection process here, and look below to see the complete selection of 2021 acquisitions, along with some audio descriptions by the students themselves.

Between Body and Sole

2018, Willie Cole

Between Body and Sole, 2018, Willie Cole, Lithograph and Inkjet Print, 41 1/2" H x 69 3/4" W x 1" D. © Courtesy of the Artist and Kavi Gupta, Chicago.

Click below to hear about Willie Cole's Between Body and Sole:

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Las Meninas, North Fairing Road, Bel Air, 2013

2018, Jay Lynn Gomez (formerly Ramiro Gomez)

Las Meninas, North Fairing Road, Bel Air, 2013, 2018, Jay Lynn Gomez, Archival Pigment Print, 30 inches H x 30 inches W. © Ramiro Gomez

No audio available.

Artist Jay Lynn Gomez >>

Queer Rage, Don’t touch the art

p68 from Indigenous Woman

2018, Martine Gutierrez

Queer Rage, Don’t touch the art, p68 from Indigenous Woman, 2018, Martine Gutierrez, C-Print mounted on Sintra, 42" H x 28" W. © Martine Gutierrez; Courtesy of the artist and Ryan Lee Gallery, New York.

Click below to hear about Martine Gutierrez's Queer Rage, Don’t touch the art, p68 from Indigenous Woman:

Artist Martine Gutierrez >>

"May 25, 2020"

2020, Jorge Tacla

"May 25, 2020", 2020, Jorge Tacla, Oil and Cold Wax on Canvas, 40" H x 57" W. © Jorge Tacla

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In One Fell Swoop

2020, Suchitra Mattai

In One Fell Swoop, 2020, Suchitra Mattai, found fabric, hair, tassels, zippers, vintage needlepoint, 28 inches H x 26 inches W. Reproduced with permission of the artist.

Click below to hear about Suchitra Mattai's In One Fell Swoop:

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Thandiwe I, Roanoke, Virginia

2018, Zanele Muholi

Thandiwe I, Roanoke, Virginia, 2018, Zanele Muholi, Gelatin Silver Print, 35 1/2" H x 23 5/8" W. © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of the artist, Yancey Richardson, New York, and Stevenson Cape Town/Johannesburg

Click below to hear about Zanele Muholi's In Thandiwe I, Roanoke, Virginia:

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Tapestry of My Soul

2021, Rashaun Rucker

Tapestry of My Soul, 2021, Rashaun Rucker, Linocut Print, 36" H x 72" W. Reproduced with permission of the artist.

Click below to hear about Rashaun Rucker's Tapestry of My Soul:

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Women Words (Ingres #3)

2018, Betty Tompkins

Women Words (Ingres #3), 2018, Betty Tompkins, Acrylic on Book Page, 11 1/4" H x 8 3/4" W. © Betty Tompkins.

No audio available.

Artist Betty Tompkins >>

The Meeting

2020, Salman Toor

The Meeting, 2020, Salman Toor, Oil on Panel, 12 in diameter. © 2020 Salman Toor. All rights reserved.

Click below to hear about Salman Toor's The Meeting:

Artist Salman Toor >>

See the unveiling presentation here:

An exhibition of the 2021 art acquisitions for the Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art will be held this fall at Wake Forest University’s Hanes Art Gallery.

The 2021 Student Art Acquisition Committee Members:

(left to right) Mikey Mattone, Leah Rodman, Lucy Owen, Anna Burkhardt, Amy Dyckman, Sarah Comegno, Maddy Barnick, Emma Hein, Emma Cooney, Lynn Huffard, Lucy Chapman, Jackie Dishner, Chrisann Timbie.

Read more coverage of this year's acquisitions on Hyperallergic and ArtNet.


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Steve Morrison