The Grinnell College Art Collection began with 28 etchings given in honor of Maude Little Macy (1845-1926) and $1,200 raised for the purchase of art during the endowment campaign of 1908. Since then, gifts, bequests, and judicious purchases with endowed acquisition funds have helped to build a collection of more than 5,000 works of art. The collection is distinguished by its social and political commentary by artists who have taken up pen and stylus as weapons against oppression, exploitation and human folly.
Student curators are available to provide tours of Against Reason for groups and classes through May 31, 2015. Please contact Tilly Woodward, curator of academic and community outreach, to schedule: woodward[at]grinnell[dot]edu or 641-269-4663.
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.
The Burling Media Room, located on the lower level of Burling Library, houses a collection of nearly 7000 documentary and feature films in DVD, VHS and Blu-ray formats as well as a collection of over 22,000 audio recordings primarily in compact disc format. The facilities offer eight viewing stations with high-definition monitors for individual use or for small groups of up to six persons and two listening stations connected to a variety of playback equipment--from turntables to a reel-to-reel audiotape player--housed in the Media Room office.