The Art of Wake Downtown

Barbara Kruger Piece, black and white print of a woman's face, large red boxes with white text in them in french that say knowledge is power
Location: 4th Floor Study Space
Barbara Kruger Piece, black and white print of a woman's face, large red boxes with white text in them in french that say knowledge is power

Title: Savoir c’est Pouvoir, 1989

Background: This original piece was created by Barbara Kruger, a conceptual post modernist artist. Translated as “Knowledge is Power” it serves as a strong reminder that Wake Downtown is foremost a center of learning. This piece was commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs in France to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. This display on the 4th floor is a perfect example of the integral intersection between S.T.E.M and the humanities that Wake Downtown embodies!

Location: 2nd Floor Atrium

Title: “Jambalaya Festival”

Background: Medium: Acrylic on Canvas. Created by Kendall Shaw, a Creole-Cajun artist born in New Orleans in 1924, this piece displayed in our 2nd floor atrium consists of 12 narrow, vertical canvases each painted in a single solid color. Shaw refers to these as “Cajun paintings” that are all about colors and how they interact with each other meant to “celebrate the energy of life and universal existence”! We make sure to celebrate life through the various academic and research endeavors that explore life and its inner workings everyday at Wake Downtown!

Location: 1st Floor Wake Downtown Office
Roy Lichenstein's

Title: Peace Through Chemistry I, 1970

Background: This five-color lithograph and silkscreen print embodies Roy Lichtenstein’s signature style through the use of primary colors, and benday dots used to create uniform color areas that are organized by definitive black outlines. The methodical and precise hand crafting print techniques used to create Peace Through Chemistry I are as delicate as the scientific experiments that go on everyday here at Wake Downtown, making this piece look machine made. The collage of gears, test tubes, plants, and microscopes creatively ties together aspects from all the programs housed in Wake Downtown!

Worldwide by Howard Hersh behind front desk
Location: 1st Floor behind Security Desk
Worldwide by Howard Hersh, mixed media on canvas, black and white rectangular canvas with golden square outline in middle

Title: Worldwide, no date

BackgroundWorldwide by Howard Hersh is a mixed media on canvas piece that serves as a reminder of how Wake Downtown embodies the connection between the University and the greater Winston-Salem area. Hersh draws his creative inspiration from his philosophy on connectedness! He believes that all things are connected and inter-related, and he uses the beauty of his works to pull the viewer in and communicate his philosophy.

Julian Stanczack, Assembly in Orange 1971, Acrylic on Canvas
Location: 2nd Floor Atrium
Julian Stanczack, Assembly in Orange 1971, Acrylic on Canvas

Title: Assembly in Orange, 1971

Background: Coming Soon!

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Artist: Julian Stanczak

Location: 2nd floor atrium/study space

Location: 1st Floor Lobby

Title: Full Circle, 2017

Background: Title: Full Circle, 2017 Medium: Mixed Media Sculpture. Here is a quote from the Winston-Salem Artist, Dempsy Calhoun about this magnificent piece housed in our lobby! “A plethora of memories and experiences with tendrils in tobacco farming, manufacturing, campus life and artistic expression has been set before me – with the opportunity to share a story that somehow unites disparate elements featuring a past grafted into the bones of future growth. This massive factory renovation fuels a duality that my parents would find pleasing. For me there is a whiff of surreal and coming full circle.”

Location: 4th Floor Board Room

Title: Bouquet 1, 2016

Background: Bouquet 1 is a work from Professor Laughlin’s Fall 2015 Painting II/III course. The students were challenged to incorporate alternative materials into their paintings, and the resulting works utilize materials such as salt, ink, Miracle Grow, and fur or were created on copper, sand, wood, glass, and animal pelts.

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Artist: Connor Heindel ’16

Gallery Wall in 2nd Floor Atrium

Background: START.dt is a collaborative programming extension for the WFU student gallery and Wake Downtown. This initiative will periodically present work created by WFU students in available spaces at Wake Downtown, fostering cross-disciplinary interactions where creative and investigatory impulses overlap. Students interested in participating in START.dt should contact Kayla Amador, START Gallery Manager, at