The Faulconer Gallery presents exhibitions of regional, national, and international artists throughout the year in 7,420 square feet of state-of-the-art exhibition space at the heart of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. Exhibitions in the Print and Drawing Study Room and Burling Gallery, located on the lower level of Burling Library, focus on objects in the Grinnell College Art Collection as well as objects directly related to Grinnell College classes during the spring and fall semesters. Click on the links below for exhibitions current, future, and past, as well as student-curated exhibitions resulting from Mentored Advanced Projects (MAPs) and the Gallery's triennial Exhibition Seminar.

Current Exhibitions

Open to Interpretation

May 15 – August 2, 2015

Curated by Tilly Woodward, Curator of Academic and Community Outreach, and Lesley Wright, Director

The Faulconer Gallery collection is filled with intriguing and curious works of art, which can be enjoyed or interpreted in many different ways. This summer exhibition brings together a range of works and asks visitors to provide comments and captions, selections of which will be shared for others to enjoy and ponder.

Against Reason: Anti/Enlightenment Prints by Callot, Hogarth, Piranesi, and Goya

April 3 – August 2, 2015

Faulconer Gallery

Against Reason explores the darker side of the Enlightenment by asking, among other things: What are the dangers of secularism, nationalism, and a scientific method that dismisses rather than exalts the qualities that make us both human and humane? This pan-European show includes works by four of the most acclaimed draftsmen of France, England, Italy, and Spain, respectively. Against Reason was curated by students Elizabeth Allen ‘16, Timothy McCall ‘15, Mai Pham ‘16, Maria Shevelkina ‘15, Dana Sly ‘15, Hannah Storch ‘16, and Emma Vale ‘15, who designed the exhibition and wrote the catalogue during the exhibition seminar (Fall 2014) directed by Vanessa Lyon, assistant professor of art history.

This exhibition includes a loan of four prints from the Legacies for Iowa, A University of Iowa Museum of Art Collections Sharing Project, Supported by the Matthew Bucksbaum Family.

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French Posters from the Lenny Seidenman Collection

On view in Burling Library BY APPOINTMENT. Please call Kay Wilson at (641) 269-3371

Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College has received a bequest of 14 posters and lithographs by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard, and others from the estate of William M. Moore. The collection, named The Lenny Seidenman Collection, Bequest of William M. Moore, in memory of Nina Seidenman ’71, honors both Mr. Moore’s deceased wife, who attended Grinnell College for 2 years and remembered her time with great pride, and his father-in-law, Lenny Seidenman, who collected the art while doing Jewish relief work in Paris just after World War II.

In the collection are 3 posters (including the iconic Divan Japonais) and 7 lithographs by Toulouse-Lautrec, a poster by Bonnard, 3 posters by Jules Chéret, and a large theatrical poster by Bécon. The works are now on view in the Print and Drawing Study Room on the lower level of Burling Library.


Upcoming Exhibition

Start by Asking Questions: Works from the Faulconer and Rachofsky Collections, Dallas

September 18 – December 13, 2015

Collectors Vernon ’61 and Amy Hamamoto Faulconer ’59 and Cindy and Howard Rachofsky of Dallas, Texas, are among the most adventurous collectors in the contemporary art world. Their art fills their homes and now includes a warehouse gallery committed to exhibiting 20th- and 21st-century art, and to educating a diverse audience of students, teachers, and arts enthusiasts. Start by Asking Questions, drawn from art at the Warehouse, brings together a selection from both collections and asks visitors to deepen their engagement by asking questions of the art.


Past Exhibitions

1954 Korea: After the Korean War

Photographs by Cliff Strovers

March 23 – May 17, 2015

Life-long Grinnell resident Cliff Strovers was stationed in Pusan (Busan), South Korea in 1953, as part of the 44th Engineering Construction Group after the Korean War. As he helped rebuild the country’s infrastructure, he took photographs of daily life around him. In recent years, he rediscovered the photographs, digitized them and began exhibiting them first in South Korea and now in Iowa. His photographs provide one view of Koreans as they recovered from war 60 years ago.

Organized by the Grout Museum District, Waterloo, Iowa.

Bachelor of Arts Exhibition (BAX)

April 10 – May 3, 2015

Bachelor of Arts Exhibition (BAX) features work by third and fourth-year art students – both majors and students in other majors who work intensively in studio. Students coordinate the exhibition with support from the Faulconer staff: from the submission of proposals, to the selection of a juror, to the installation and awarding of prizes.


Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument; Playing it Forward: German Expressionism to Expressionism Today; The Education Project Photo Exhibition; Dark Commander: The Art of John Scott; War and Peace Project; Edward Burtynsky: Water 


Quiet SmilesComplex Conversations: Wilie Cole Sculptures and Wall WorksBetween These Pages: Collective Memories In Art; Journeys of Wonder: From Curiosity to InsightBAX: Bachelor of Arts ExhibitionScott Hocking; Quality Uncertainty: The Market for Lemons; Jill Davis Schrift: Works in ClayStocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery AislesFrom Wunderkammer to the Modern Museum, 1606-1884Decay: The Ephemeral Body in Art


PORTFOLIO: Artists Work in SeriesCivil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection;Constructing NatureBreachwe're all in this togetherRobert Polidori: Selected Works; Animals Among UsBachelor of Arts Exhibition (BAX) 2013Scott Hudson: Wild Horses; Margaret Whiting: Environmental Concerns; Lorna Bieber: From a Distance


Liz Steketee: Family AlbumWalter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in IowaFrom the Book Forest: Commercial Publishing in Late Imperial ChinaChinese Propaganda Posters, 1949-1979Bare Bones: Art as Social SatireSandow Birk's American Qur'anStudent Art Salon 2012There's Something Happening Here;Jenny Holzer's Inflammatory Essays1966 Yearbook ProjectStudent Art Salon 2012


Bryan Drury: FeastHarry Shearer: Silent Echo ChamberMichael Van den Besselaar: Unconscious OpticsMark Wagner: Face ValueSandow Birk: American Qur'anLaughing Matters: Soviet Propaganda in Khrushchev's Thaw, 1956-1964Culturing Community: Projects About PlaceKind Favor, Kind Letter: Kate Carr, Tatiana Ginsberg, Lee Emma RunningOf Fables and Folly: Diane Victor, Recent WorkAr(t)chive: American Art in Historical Context, 1930-1990Women in ConflictStudent Art Salon 2011

Student Curated Exhibitions

One of the features of the Faulconer Gallery's exhibition program is its support of student-curated exhibitions that are the fulfillment of Mentored Advanced Projects (MAPs), internships at the Faulconer Gallery, or the Exhibition Seminar, a combined course and exhibition directed by faculty members of the Department of Art in partnership with the Faulconer Gallery. The Seminar's purpose is to support students in the organization of an exhibition from the College's permanent collection based on subject matter, criteria, and objects selected entirely by the student participants. They set the exhibition checklist, supervise the design and installation, and write essays about their selected works that are compiled in a professionally designed and illustrated exhibition catalog published by the Faulconer Gallery. Follow the links below to see past student-curated exhibitions, and visit our publications page to find catalogs available for purchase.

Exhibitions of the Exhibition Seminar Directed by the Department of Art in Partnership with Faulconer Gallery

Ghost Dance: Exhibiting Paradox: Edward S. Curtis Photogravures in the Grinnell College Art Collection

Giovanni Battista Piranesi: Grandeur and Fantasy: Visions and Views of Rome

I saw it: The Invented Reality of Francisco Goya's Disasters of War

Repeat, Reveal, React: Identities in Flux

Walking a Tightrope: German Expressionist Printmaking, 1904-1928

Museum Studies Class Exhibitions

Ar(t)chive: American Art in Historical Context, 1930-1990

Mentored Advanced Project (MAP) Exhibitions

Adelita: Enrique Chagoya's Recast Heroine

Jolán Gross-Bettelheim: The American Modernist

Seri Ironwood Carvings

Walter Sickert's Narrative Modernism

Faulconer Gallery Interns' Exhibitions

Bare Bones: Art as Social Satire

Holzer's Inflammatory Essays: Exploring Agency and Cultural Spaces


Stories and Histories

Women in Conflict

Young Pioneers: Lithographs from the Johnson-Horrigan Collection