View of the back wall of the Museum showing 7 portraits from the art collection.

Grinnell College Museum of Art

Discover art online at the Grinnell College Museum of Art.

Open by appointment, April 24 – May 28, 2021
BAX 2021: The Bachelor of Arts Exhibition

The Grinnell College Museum of Art is now open to campus and community by appointment. Scroll down for instructions for College and non-College visitors.

Faculty, Staff, and Students (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays)

Faculty, staff, and students (those living on campus and those approved to live off campus) wishing to visit the museum must make their own reservation on the 25Live website (opens in new window). Follow the instructions at this link for how to fill in each field on the form. If you have problems with 25Live, contact York Plagge.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Visitors who need to schedule a visit on Mondays or mornings, please contact Lesley Wright. Also contact Lesley Wright if you want to come with a group.

When you visit, be sure to enter the north doors of the Bucksbaum Arts Center, on the side facing central campus. A museum guard will let you in at the time of your appointment.

Visitors must wear a mask.

General Public (Thursdays and Sundays)

We are open by appointment to the general public on Thursdays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.

Please note that students may not schedule visits on Thursdays and Sundays. Faculty and staff who wish to visit with non-employee family members should schedule visits during these days.

  • Visitors must have an appointment scheduled no later than the day before. Call 641-269-4660 to make an appointment or send an email to Lesley Wright. You will receive a confirmation with instructions on how to enter the museum.

All visitors over the age of 2 must wear a mask.

We appreciate your patience as we all work together to slow the spread of COVID-19. For more information, see Coronavirus COVID-19 Response.

Current Exhibition

  • Black forms suspended from the walls and ceiling in the gallery by red bands

    Bachelor of Arts Exhibition

    BAX 2021

    BAX features works in the creative arts by third- and fourth-year Grinnell College students.

    With support from GCMoA staff, students manage all the exhibition details: from the submission of proposals to selection of a juror, to the installation process and creation of an exhibition website. The exhibition includes photographs, drawings, sculpture, paintings, video, installations, and works created digitally. This year at least half of the work by the 30 student artists will be available only on the exhibition website since many of the artists have done their creative work while working remotely around the U.S. and the world. During the pandemic a team of students has taken the lead in organizing BAX for this year. They include: Sophie Doddimeade ’21, Clara Dingle ’22, Tess Kerkhof ’21, Tommy (Guhn) Lee ’22, Caroline Shea ’22, and Hannah Taylor ’21.

    The juror this year is J.M. Culver of Minnesota, who will award Best in Show and other prizes. Additional prizes will be awarded by the Office of Student Affairs, the Student Government Association, and the Studio Art Department.

    Visit the BAX 2021 website

    Right: Martin Chamberlin ’19. Sphere 2.0. Wood and Casters

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Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Image of the Coretta Scott King Award

    June 25 – Aug. 15, 2021

    Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards

    Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards features original artwork from 101 award/honor winning titles by 34 African-American authors and illustrators. Awarded annually by the American Library Association (ALA) for books about the African American experience, Coretta Scott King Book Awards celebrate African-American life and culture. The awards commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honor his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood. Among the artists featured with multiple titles are Jerry Pinkney, John Steptoe, Ashley Bryan, Faith Ringgold, Leo and Diane Dillon, and R. Gregory Christie. This exhibit was organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.

    Explore the Our Voice virtual exhibition

  • Figure seated in a garden with sunflowers blooming behind him

    September 7 – December 12, 2021


    This exhibition presents seven artists — Jordan King, Jeremy Laing, Doron Langberg, Catherine Opie, Christina Quarles, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, and Devan Shimoyama — whose works enable dialogue at the intersections of identity expression: race, gender, individuality and otherness, equality within differences, with a focus on the body as expressive terrain. The artists represent distinct voices across a spectrum of media, reflecting diversity in identity expression where it intersects with contemporary political, social and economic issues, always relevant but particularly charged at this moment.

    Curated by Associate Director Daniel Strong and Guest Curator Greg Manuel.

    Explore an advance preview of Queer/Dialogue

Recent Acquisition

  • Print by Jacob Lawrence of Toussaint L'Ouverture

    Jacob Lawrence: The Toussaint L’Ouverture Series

    In 2020, the Grinnell College Museum of Art acquired 13 prints by Jacob Lawrence based on his painted series, completed in 1938, of scenes from the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture. A leader of the Haitian Revolution, which resulted in the founding of the Republic of Haiti in 1804, L’Ouverture was one of the historical Black figures that Lawrence found lacking in the history books of his time. He completed 41 paintings in all, now in the collection of the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University. Of the 15 prints based on these paintings that Lawrence produced between 1980 and 1997, the College now has 13 of them, including the portrait of L’Ouverture himself. These prints, the first works by this pivotal American artist to enter our collection, are being shown in the Museum of Art for the first time.

    In this video, Professor of Art History Fredo Rivera discusses Jacob Lawrence's series on the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture.

    Explore our collection of Jacob Lawrence prints

  • Portrait of artist Jacob Lawrence

    GCMoA Happy Hour

    Jacob Lawrence's "Life of Toussaint L'Ouverture"

    Assistant Professor of Art History Fredo Rivera and Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow Petrouchka Moïse talk about Grinnell College Museum of Art’s recently acquired portfolio, The Life of Toussaint L'Ouverture, by Jacob Lawrence.

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

Department Information


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

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