The departments of Art, Music, and Theatre and Dance host events and activities in addition to providing world-class instruction in the fine and performing arts. Wake Forest believes that providing access to first-class artistic events is part of students' cultural education and an enhancement to student life.
Secrest Artist Series
The Secrest Artist Series was established to bring the best performing artists to campus — all free of charge to students, faculty and staff.
Reynolda House, Museum of American Art, boasts one of the finest collections of American art in the Southeast, ranging from the colonial period to the present. The museum features works by Albert Bierstadt, John Singleton Copley and Grant Wood, all in the distinct setting of the historic home of Katharine and R.J. Reynolds, located a short walk from campus.
Find out more about the Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art
Student Union Collection
The Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art is unique in that it is 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, has researched the contemporary American art scene and purchased new works.
Hanes Art Gallery
The Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery at Scales Fine Arts Center provides an ongoing schedule of exciting art exhibits, and it features student exhibitions as well as work by Pablo Picasso, Roy Liechtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Keith Haring, among others.
The START Gallery, Wake Forest University's student art gallery located in Reynolda Village, is unique in that it serves as a year-round venue for viewing, discussing, and purchasing student works of visual art. Presenting 12-15 exhibitions per year, the gallery provides undergraduates and alumni with an opportunity to gain immersive experience and transferable skills in the visual arts market by developing a setting in which high quality student art is available at reasonable prices.
Museum of Anthropology
The Museum of Anthropology's permanent collection consists of objects from the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania, including household and ceremonial items, textiles, hunting and fishing gear, and objects of personal adornment. Materials collected by Moravian missionaries can be found here, as well as prehistoric artifacts from North Carolina's Yadkin River Valley. The special exhibits gallery houses exhibitions reflecting University and community interests and provides faculty and students opportunities to develop and install exhibits, research and care for collections, and produce special class project exhibits.
Students many approach the study of film through courses that explore their cultural, political, and social implications. Participate in the annual Reynolda film festival of student films from around the world, meet filmmakers and screen their films. Past guests have included Oscar-winning Robert Elswit, the director of photography for "There Will Be Blood;" Francesco Tabone, noted Mexican documentarian; and Bruce Cohen, the producer of "American Beauty" and "Big Fish."