Installation view of works from the Museum collection

Grinnell College Museum of Art

GCMoA is free and open to all.

Museum Hours

Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Saturday, noon–5 p.m.

Currently on view

  • An etching by Arpita Singh showing four figures in robes walking in different directions along a map of winding paths.

    Sept. 27 – Dec. 10, 2022

    Paper Trails: Modern Indian Works on Paper from the Gaur Collection

    This exhibition features watercolors, drawings, etchings, sketches, and lithographs by senior Indian modernists, born primarily before the 1950s, who came of age in the decades directly following Independence in 1947. These artists span the transition from colonial to postcolonial India, embrace both realism and abstraction, explore complex metaphors, and make political statements that directly engage India's past, present, and future.

    This exhibition, drawn from the collection of Umesh and Sunanda Gaur, is curated by Dr. Tamara Sears, professor of art and architectural history of South Asia, Department of Art History at Rutgers University.

    Image: Arpita Singh, I could see London through clouds, 2007. Etching on paper, 32 7/8 x 27 ¾ in. Courtesy of the Gaur Collection.

  • Close up view of a rug composed of red, green and gold.

    Sept. 27 – Dec. 10, 2022

    Reverent Ornament: Art from the Islamic World

    Comprising works of fine glassware, ceramics, metalwork, painting, weaponry, weaving, and much more, Reverent Ornament shares 45 timeless treasures from a region whose everyday life, history, and culture offer many parallels to our own. If it is true that peace begins through understanding, then this ambitious collection offers us a rare opportunity for artistic exchange — a living bridge between cultures.

    Reverent Ornament: Art from the Islamic World was organized by the Huntington Museum of Art, and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • A sculpture resembling a light tan suitcase with a large circular hole cut through it

    Jan. 27–April 8, 2023

    Devices, Tools, Objects, and Props: Recent work by Jeremy Chen 

    This exhibition of sculptural artworks by Assistant Professor of Studio Art and Chair of American Studies Jeremy Chen invites contemplation on the manifold meanings and uses of objects or things, and our complex entanglement with materials. Consisting primarily of humble objects of pathos or humor, many works in the exhibition have a purpose or use with the human body. 

  • Detail of the center of a decorative plate in a blue and white pattern

    Feb. 3-May 6

    Fragmentary Visions: Grinnell College’s Kelekian Collection

    Nanette Rodney Kelekian, granddaughter of famed art dealer Dikran Kelekian, began gifting portions of her grandfather’s collection to Grinnell College in 1984. Since then, individual pieces have been included in exhibitions, but Fragmentary Visions is the most comprehensive display of Grinnell’s extensive Kelekian collection. The ceramics, manuscripts, and textiles on display are some of the oldest objects in the museum’s permanent collection, hailing from the Eastern Mediterranean, West Asia, and the greater Islamic world. This exhibition showcases fragments and everyday objects alongside art made for the elite, allowing the viewer to experience the spectrum of art collected by many museums, but rarely shown together. Fragmentary Visions is curated by Exhibition Seminar students Marina Busby 24, David Gales ’23, Melena Johnson ’23, and Verda Karaoglu ’25, taught by Professor Eiren Shea of the Department of Art History.

  • A profile silhouette of George Washington filled by an idyllic scene of nude women of color in a watering hole, with the sun overhead in the shape of the head of the statue of Liberty.

    Coming in Spring 2024

    William Villalongo: Myths and Migrations

    Over the past 20 years, William Villalongo has expressed in his work the absurdity, beauty, and vulnerability of black presence against the backdrop of race. The works become portals or navigational devices for thinking about the mystery within human experience through the poetics of history, myth, and satire. This exhibition will present more than fifty paintings, collages, and signature velour paper cut-outs by Villalongo, who was a 2021 recipient of the Rome Prize in the visual arts, awarded by the American Academy in Rome.

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Campus Sculpture Tour

  • Prints by Valerie Hammond

    Sheltering with Art

    Yoga@GCMoA with Jackie Hutchison

    Yoga in the Museum with Jackie Hutchison has gone virtual. Jackie narrates regenerative yoga sessions as an alternative to our long-standing program in the museum, featuring images of works from the Grinnell College Museum of Art Collection.

    Experience Yoga@GCMoA

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Bucksbaum Center for the Arts
1108 Park St
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

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