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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Art and Architecture in Grinnell
Arts in Iowa
Below are links to a selection of arts organizations within 80 miles of Grinnell.
- Iowa Arts Council
- Art Scene
- Des Moines Art Center
- Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
- University of Iowa Museum of Art
- Brunnier Art Museum, Iowa State University
John Fraser, four drawings
Vladimer Gazovic, To You, Who Don't Like Violet, lithograph, 1970
Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Subir y bajar, plate 56 from the only lifetime edition of Los Caprichos, 1799
Fred Hagstrom, two artist's books
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
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.
Explore Campus Sculpture and Online Exhibitions
Here you can view sculpture on campus and visit pages devoted to specific objects and research topics.
- Seri Ironwood Carvings
- Francisco Goya's Disasters of War Prints
- Ar[t]chive: American Art in Historical Context, 1930-1990