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August 26, 2016

The Alumni Newsletter of  WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

Kerry M. King ('85)

Alumni J.D. Wilson, left, and Ed Wilson share memories of NYC art shopping.

EDITORS' PICKS

On tour with the Wilsons

Have you ever studied or attended a reception in Reynolda Hall's Green Room and glanced around at the art? Surrounding you were pieces from the Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art, thought to be the only university art collection in the country developed by students. It began in 1963 when students traveled to New York City galleries to buy artwork. To this day, they remain in charge of the shopping.

Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson ('43), who was along on the first trip, and -- no relation -- J.D. Wilson ('69, P '01), a member of the 1969 art-buying excursion, recently toured the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, where nearly 60 pieces of the collection are on display through Oct. 2. Kerry M. King ('85) of Wake Forest Magazine writes of the Wilsons' tour and the marvel of a collection that includes art by Jasper Johns, Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg. Enjoy!

Best wishes,

Maria Henson

Maria Henson ('82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large
magazine.wfu.edu

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