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.
Exhibition Dates: April 4 – June 1, 2014
Opening: Friday, April 4
4:15 pm: Willie Cole Gallery Talk
5-6:00 pm: Opening Reception
Willie Cole grew up in post-industrial Newark, NJ, and sees himself as an “urban archaeologist.” He draws inspiration from traditional African art to create contemporary works in many media, and is best known for his found-object sculptures, prints and photographs. In his art, Cole transforms everyday mass-produced objects into precious icons or symbolic representations that explore ideas of diversity, identity, and commercialization.
Complex Conversations: Willie Cole Sculptures and Wall Works is an exhibition comprised of forty works borrowed from public and private collections. Faulconer Gallery acquired one of the works included in the exhibition in 2000. The exhibition was organized by the James W. and Lois I. Richmond Center for the Visual Arts, Western Michigan University. Patterson Sims, Curator.
BAX: Bachelor of Arts Exhibition
April 11 - May 4
Past exhibitions are listed in order for each academic year, beginning with the summer exhibition(s) prior to the fall semester of each year and continuing through the spring semester. Purchase an exhibition catalog
Also on view in Burling Library: Journeys of Wonder: From Curiosity to Insight, curated by Catherine Rod and Chris Jones, with Chase Booth '16 and Sam Dunnington '14 (Department of Special Collections), September 27, 2013 – February 14, 2014.
PORTFOLIO: Artists Work in Series; Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection;Constructing Nature; Breach; we're all in this together; Robert Polidori: Selected Works; Animals Among Us; Bachelor of Arts Exhibition (BAX) 2013; Scott Hudson: Wild Horses; Margaret Whiting: Environmental Concerns; Lorna Bieber: From a Distance
Liz Steketee: Family Album; Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in Iowa; From the Book Forest: Commercial Publishing in Late Imperial China; Chinese Propaganda Posters, 1949-1979; Bare Bones: Art as Social Satire; Sandow Birk's American Qur'an; Student Art Salon 2012; There's Something Happening Here;Jenny Holzer's Inflammatory Essays; 1966 Yearbook Project; Student Art Salon 2012
Bryan Drury: Feast; Harry Shearer: Silent Echo Chamber; Michael Van den Besselaar: Unconscious Optics; Mark Wagner: Face Value; Sandow Birk: American Qur'an; Laughing Matters: Soviet Propaganda in Khrushchev's Thaw, 1956-1964; Culturing Community: Projects About Place; Kind Favor, Kind Letter: Kate Carr, Tatiana Ginsberg, Lee Emma Running; Of Fables and Folly: Diane Victor, Recent Work; Ar(t)chive: American Art in Historical Context, 1930-1990; Women in Conflict; Student 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.