The arts are global at Grinnell. Not only can you learn to play an instrument, you can be part of the Zimbabwean Mbira Ensemble. Not only can you learn how to draw and sculpt, you can help to curate an art show of works by Francisco Goya and Pablo Picasso for the Faulconer Gallery. Don’t just act in a play: act in the first U.S. production of British playwright Steve Waters’s work The Contingency Plan.

In other words, our fine arts faculty, our events planning groups and our student organizations(like the Public Events Committee, the Cultural Films Committee, SGA Films, SGA Concerts Committee or Writers @ Grinnell) know that creativity is worldwide. That’s why every weekend and almost every weekday bring an opportunity to see a film, watch a performance, hear a piece of music, or view art created by an artist from outside of the United States. In addition, Grinnell students have opportunities to work with international artists in residence, like Portuguese artist Marta de Menezes or the Kunqu Opera Company from Suzhou, China.

You can even go abroad and do art—like studying painting at the Louvre in Paris, or doing a summer internship at an advertising agency in Vietnam.
Grinnell puts no national boundaries on the power of the imagination.


  • Galina Aksenova, Professor of Film at the Moscow Art Theater School, led a six-week unit in the course on The History of Russian Film, sponsored by the Center for International Studies.
  • Craig Quintero, Assistant Professor of Theatre, has his students work with Taiwanese actors before performing at the summer theatre festival in Avignon, France.
  • The Latin American Ensemble focuses on a different style of Latin music every semester, and the selected pieces are presented to the Grinnell community at the end of each term.
  • After graduating with a Theatre major in 2003, Per Janson trained at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.
  • The World Music Instrument Collection holds over 325 instruments, including a kete drum and bell ensemble associated with the traditional chiefs of the Akan peoples of southern Ghana.
  • The German Department hosts a contemporary German writer every spring semester who teaches a seven-week short course as the German-Writer-in-Residence.
  • The Grinnell Singers have performed in Romania, Bulgaria and Istanbul.
  • Faulconer Gallery prints by William Hogarth, Francisco Goya, Honoré Daumier, Käthe Kollwitz and Pablo Picasso as part of its permanent collection. Drawings from the former Soviet Union and graphic work from Eastern Europe and the Baltic States were acquired in the 1980s and 1990s.