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Gallery walk links three shows of Wake Forest University's art collections

October 15, 2009

Three galleries—the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery at Wake Forest University, Reynolda House Museum of American Art and START, the new Wake Forest student gallery in Reynolda Village—will host a gallery walk October 30 from 5 to 9 p.m.

The three venues, located within a half mile of each other, will each display art from the university’s art collections.  Parking is available at each location and visitors may either walk or drive from one place to another.

Reynolda House’s exhibition “Now/Then:  A Journey in Collecting Contemporary Art at Wake Forest University” will showcase works from the university’s Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art.   Every four years since 1963, a small group of Wake Forest students has traveled to New York to purchase art.   Fifty-four pieces, ranging from a Keith Haring painting to a Jasper Johns lithograph, will be shown in Reynolda House’s Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing gallery.

The entire Student Union Collection includes paintings, prints, drawings, photography and sculpture. It features more than 160 pieces by more than 100 artists.

The Hanes Art Gallery will showcase the most recent additions to the Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art, purchased by Wake Forest students in March of this year.  “New Acquisitions to the Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art” will feature artworks by five artists:  Christian Marclay, Corin Hewitt, Jonas Wood, Yinka Shonibare and Emily Jacir.   The Hanes Gallery is located in Scales Fine Arts Center on the Wake Forest campus.

The START gallery, located at 122-A in Reynolda Village, will feature “2009: New Work in the WFU Student Art Collection” an exhibition of art created by Wake Forest students and purchased by the university for its Student Art Collection. The new gallery, part of a collaborative effort between Wake Forest art and business faculty, showcases student art and gives student artists a chance to sell their work.

“The exhibitions are geographically and thematically linked,” said Paul Bright, assistant director of the Hanes Gallery and one of the organizers of the event.  “The event will tie us together in people’s minds, so when they think about coming to one of the galleries, they will visit the other galleries as well."

Each venue will host an opening reception.The Hanes Art Gallery will be open from 5 to 7 p.m.Reynolda House Museum of American Art will be open from 7:30-9 p.m. The START gallery will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Beginning at 9 p.m. at Reynolda House, a late night “Reynolda After Hours” party takes 1969 as its theme and will feature a live band performance of the Beatles’ album “Abbey Road.”All of the works from the university’s 1969 art-buying trip will be on view in the “Now/Then” exhibition.

Admission to the Hanes Gallery reception and the START reception is free.  The Reynolda House reception and/or the “Reynolda After Hours” party is $5; free to students and Reynolda House members.  For information on the gallery walk, contact the Hanes Gallery at (336) 758-5585 or Reynolda House at (336) 758-5150, or START gallery at (336) 486-3205.

Press Contacts:

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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