Description: The Faulconer Gallery is an independent administrative department at Grinnell College. Located at the heart of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, the Gallery is part of the fine arts complex designed by internationally famous architect Cesar Pelli in 1999. With 7,400 square feet of exhibition space, the gallery presents major changing exhibitions of significant historical and contemporary art on a rotating basis. Our mission is to serve the students and faculty of Grinnell College, as well as the members of our community in Iowa and the upper midwest. The staff often collaborates with faculty across campus in planning exhibitions and programming (lectures, visiting artists, special events).
Every year in May we present the Annual Student Art Salon, a juried exhibition open to all students who wish to submit work. We also present Art Faculty group exhibitions, which alternate with solo shows for members of the studio faculty. The Gallery staff also works with the exhibition seminar taught by the Art Department. Students in the seminar use art in the Grinnell College Art Collection to design an exhibition, presented in the Faulconer Gallery, and to write a scholarly catalogue, which the Gallery publishes.
The Faulconer Gallery also oversees the Print & Drawing Study Room located in the basement of Burling Library on campus. The heart of our art holdings is a fine collection of European and American prints and drawings, ranging through many periods and styles. The collection features works of social protest, and continues to grow through gifts and acquisitions. The Gallery also has a small collection of paintings and sculpture, which are used to support the teaching mission of the College. Exhibitions curated from the permanent collection are often on view in the Print & Drawing Study Room. From time to time, we use the Print and Drawing Study Room for exhibitions curated by advanced art students, and we present exhibitions of work by those students selected by the Art Department for a special 9th Semester fellowship in studio art.
Directions, Hours, tours, programs: Faulconer Gallery is free and open to the public year round. Hours: Tuesday – Wednesday 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm, Thursday – Friday 12:00 noon – 8:00 Saturday - Sunday 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. Closed on Mondays, major holidays, and hours change in the summer. The Print and Drawing Study Room in the basement of Burling Library is open Sunday through Friday, noon to 5:00 pm. During college vacations and when we are changing exhibitions, hours may vary. Call for current hours and exhibition information, or visit our website.
Bucksbaum Center for the Arts
1108 Park Street (Corner of Park Street and Hwy 6)
Grinnell, Iowa 50112 641.269.4660
Staff: Kay E. Wilson, Curator of the Collection
Tilly Woodward, Curator of Academic and Community Outreach
Milton Severe, Director of Exhibition Design
Dan Strong, Associate Director and Curator of the Collection
Conni Gause, Administrative Support Assistant
Lesley Wright, Director