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. It includes prints by William Hogarth, Francisco Goya, Honoré Daumier, Käthe Kollwitz, the German Expressionists, and Pablo Picasso. Drawings from the former Soviet Union and graphic work from Eastern Europe and the Baltic States were acquired in the 1980s and 1990s. In recent years, acquisitions have enriched holdings of photography, painting, and sculpture, while the focus remains on works on paper. Many of these works are used regularly in teaching and research.

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Collection Highlights

Sandow Birk, American Qur'an, Sura 36, 37, ink, acrylic, and gouache on paper, suite of 6, 2009

Edward Burtynsky, Oil Spill #1, REM Forza, Gulf of Mexico, May 2011, chromogenic print, 2011

Edward Burtynsky, The Pentimento Portfolio, 10 chromogenic prints from Type 55 Polaroids, 2010

Edward Burtynsky, Shipbreaking #4, Chittagong, Bangladesh, chromogenic print, 2000

Sarah Charlesworth, Regarding Venus, Fuji Crystal Archive print, 2011

Sarah Charlesworth, Snake Girl, from the series Objects of Desire 2, color photograph, 1985

Bruce Conner, TAKE TWO, D.H.O.M.S., VOL. I, portfolio of 8 etchings, 1973/2001

Honoré Daumier: three lithographs

John Fraser, four drawings

Vladimer Gazovic, To You, Who Don't Like Violet, lithograph, 1970 

Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Otras leyes por el pueblo, from the first edition, 1877

Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Subir y bajar, plate 56 from the only lifetime edition of Los Caprichos, 1799

Fred Hagstrom, two artist's books

Jacob Hoefnagel, three engravings

Gertrude Kasebier, Portrait, Miss Minnie Ashley, photogravure, ca. 1905

Marcia Kure, Split Personality I-IV, watercolor, tempera, and pencil on paper (4), 2001

El Lissitsky, Dlia golosa (For the Voice), 1923

Hung Liu, "Unofficial Portraits," six color lithographs with collage, 2001

Tom Marioni, Drum Brush Drawing, steel on sandpaper, 1972-2006

Robert Polidori, Salles d'Afrique, Portrait of Louis XVI by Callet #2, Chateau de Versailles, 2007

Ivan Puni, Study for a Fresco, watercolor, 1921

John Scott, Commander (Bad Eye), mixed media on paper, 2011

Diane Victor, Birth of a Nation, suite of 10 drypoints, 2009-2010

William Villalongo, The Wild, Wild, West, cut velour paper, 2007

Diane Victor, The Wise and Foolish Virgins, triptych, charcoal and staining, 2009

The Grinnell College Art Collection grows continuously through gifts, bequests, and purchases. If you are interested in making a gift of art to Grinnell College, please contact Lesley Wright, Faulconer Gallery Director, at (641) 269-4642.

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Works of Art Acquired in 2013

Christiane Baumgartner, Berlin, woodcut, 2009

Christiane Baumgartner, Kleines Seestück I, woodcut, 2009

Christiane Baumgartner, Out of the Blue, woodcut, 2009

Mary Cassatt, Two Girls Playing in a Sandbox, soft-ground transfer pencil drawing, ca. 1880

Vija Celmins, Concentric Bearings C, aquatint, drypoint, and mezzotint, 1984

Hung Liu, Deer Boy, portfolio of acrylic ink prints (6), 2009 

Robert Polidori, Salle d'introduction aux galeries historiques...Versailles, Fujicolor Crystal archive print, 1985

John Scott, La Petite Brute, lithograph, 2012

John Scott, Red Commander, lithograph with handpainting and collage, 2012

Works of Art Acquired in 2012

Shana Agid, Call a wrecking ball to make a window, artist’s book, 2012

Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Poèmes sans prénoms, artists' book, 1941

Rudolf Blümner, Der Geist des Kubismus und die Künste, artist’s book, 1921

Entartete Kunst, Original catalogue to the exhibition of summer 1937

Albert Gleizes, Vom Kubismus: Die Mittel zu seinem Verständnis, artist’s book, 1922

Valerie Hammond, Girl #2 and Girl #3, Emily Dickinson, Laser cut Gampi paper with gouache and encaustic, 2012

Valerie Hammond, Anemone, relief and photolithography, 2010

Valerie Hammond, Blue Anemone, relief and photolithography, 2010

John Heartfield (Helmut Herzfeld) and Kurt Tucholsky, Deuetschland, Deutschland Über Alles, artists' book with photomontage, 1929  

Richard Huelsenbeck, Dada Almanach, artist’s book, 1920

Chris Johansen and Barry McGee, Streetopia (the book), artists' book, 2011

Yves Klein, Yves Klein présente: le Dimanche 27 novembre 1960, artist’s book, 1960

Peter Koch and Debra Magpie Earling, The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, artists' book, 2010

Clemens-Tobias Lange, Mechachal: Shewa Ber, artist’s Book, 2011

Hung Liu, The BrideThe Maiden, The Martyr. lithographs with collage, 2001

Hung Liu, Official Portraits: Citizen, Immigrant, Proletarian. lithographs with collage, 2006

Arnaud Loumeau, Bacteria, artist’s book, 2012

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Les mots en liberté futurists, artist’s book, 1919

Aaron Noble,  Black Power, lithograph, 2011

Aaron Noble, Luna, hardground, aquatint, spit-bite aquatint, sugarlift, white ground, drypoint, roulette, 2005

Aaron Noble, Rainbow #6: Relayer. etching and aquatint, 2007

Hans Richter, Dreams That Money Can Buy, artist’s pamphlet, 1947

Kurt Schwitters, Elementar. Die Blume Anna. Die neue Anna Blume, artist’s book, 1922

Various artists, Bay Area underground, Mission Mini Comix: Big Collections, mini commix in a custom box, 2012

Various artists of the Escuela de Cultura Popular Martires 68, Mexico City, Zapata Vive! La Grafica Sigue!, screen prints, 2009

Various Artists of the Occupy Wall Street Screen Printing Guild, Occupy Wall Street Poster Portfolio, screen prints, 2012

Herwarth Walden, Der Sturm, three bound volumes of periodical, 1911-1913

Herwarth Walden, Jacoba von Heemskerck in Memoriam, artist’s book, 1924

The Grinnell College Art Collection grows continuously through gifts, bequests, and purchases. If you are interested in making a gift of art to Grinnell College, please contact Lesley Wright, Faulconer Gallery Director, at (641) 269-4642.

The Benjamin J. and Mabel T. Ricker House

The Benjamin J. and Mabel T. Ricker House was designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in 1911 and completed in 1912. It was the first of seven houses the Griffins designed for Iowa clients, six of which were built and the other five of which are in Mason City. Ricker House was purchased by Grinnell College in 2000 and is operated as a short-term residence for guests of the College.

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