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

Complex Conversations: Willie Cole Sculptures and Wall Works

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 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Between These Pages: Collective Memory in Art 
April 28 – May 16, 2014 
Opening and remarks: April 28, 4:15 
Burling Gallery, lower level of Burling Library 

This exhibition presents six artists’ books from the collection as sites of collective memory for various cultures. A participatory artist book engaging Grinnell students’ collective memory will debut with the exhibition. 

Quiet Smiles 
May 16 – June 22, 2014 

The Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College Art Collection is known for its social and political commentary. The collection includes the work of Goya, Picasso, Ben Shan, Kara Walker, and most of the German Expressionists. But in the Solander boxes and on the shelves are paintings, drawings and etchings created by artists who, with their humor and gentle wit, help us temper everyday despair at the human condition with a quiet smile. Among the artists included in the exhibition will be Charles-Germain de Saint-Aubin, James Gillray, Mary Cassatt, Yves Klein, and Justin Gibbens.

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






Also on view in Burling Library: Journeys of Wonder: From Curiosity to Insightcurated by Catherine Rod and Chris Jones, with Chase Booth '16 and Sam Dunnington '14 (Department of Special Collections), September 27, 2013 – February 14, 2014.



Stocked: 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