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 Exhibition

Dark Commander: The Art of John Scott

October 10–December 14, 2014

In coarse black lines, hand-scratched metal, fragmented text and visceral color, Canadian artist John Scott traces the trajectory of heavy industry, high technology, military might and maniacal folly as they clear-cut their way through blighted landscapes and a besieged human psyche. From his working-class roots, the self-aware and wry-humored Scott has remained consistent and eerily prescient in raw-edged drawings and found-object installations that plot a vector from Space Age optimism — mankind’s ‘‘ giant leap’’ in the 20th century — to the nihilism of unceasing war and terror in the 21st. In just over 35 years we’ve gone from the Voyager spacecraft to the Predator drone, and all along John Scott seems to have seen this new reality coming.

War and Peace Project 

August 28 – December 7, 2014 
Burling Gallery, Burling Library 

The War and Peace Project is a collaborative fusion of literature and art, consisting of 747 individual collages that form a unique work based on Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel, War and Peace. Each 5 x 7 inch collage incorporates one page from the Russian text, combined with bits of maps, dried flowers, ink, wax, graphite, thread, letters and other printed material. The collages were created by Team Tolstoy, an international collaborative of artists coordinated by Laura “Lola” Baltzell ’83, and have been exhibited in Boston, New York, Amherst (MA), Fayetteville (AR), and at the Tolstoy Estate and Museum in Tula, Russia. 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument

January 23–March 15, 2015

Gordon Parks was born into poverty and segregation in Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1912. An itinerant laborer, he worked as a brothel pianist and railcar porter, among other jobs, before buying a camera at a pawnshop, training himself, and becoming a photographer. In addition to his tenures photographing for the Farm Security Administration (1941-1945) and Life Magazine (1948-1972), Parks also found success as a film director, writer and composer. This exhibition explores Gordon Parks' first photographic essay for Life Magazine in 1948, "Harlem Gang Leader." After gaining the trust of one particular group of gang members and their leader, Leonard "Red" Jackson, Parks produced a series of photographs that are artful, poignant, and, at times, shocking. From this large body of work (Parks made hundreds of negatives) the editors at Life selected 21 pictures to print in the magazine, often cropping or enhancing details in the pictures. The exhibition, featuring vintage photographs, original issues of Life Magazine, contact sheets and proof prints, traces this editorial process and parses out the various voices and motives behind the production of the picture essay, raising important questions about photography as a documentary tool and a narrative device, its role in addressing social concerns, and its function in the world of publishing.

Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument was organized by Russell Lord, Freeman Family Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art, in collaboration with The Gordon Parks Foundation.

Past Exhibitions

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


Edward Burtynsky: Water


Quiet SmilesComplex Conversations: Wilie Cole Sculptures and Wall WorksBetween These Pages: Collective Memories In ArtJourneys 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