Installation view of works by William Villalongo

Grinnell College Museum of Art

GCMoA is free and open to all.

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Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Thursday evenings open until 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 1–5 p.m.

Closed Mondays

Currently on view

  • Sculpture by Kay Sniff, "It spoke by itself.", composed of steel and automotive parts.

    April 18–May 20, 2024


    The Bachelor of Art Exhibition presents work in the creative arts by third- and fourth-year Grinnell College students. With support from GCMoA staff, students manage many of the exhibition details, including the selection of a juror and the creation of an exhibition catalogue and website. The exhibition includes photographs, drawings, sculpture, paintings, video, installations, and works created digitally. The 2024 juror is Luther Davis ’93, master printer and printshop director of Powerhouse Arts, Brooklyn, New York.

    Image: Kay Sniff ’24, It spoke by itself., steel rods and various automotive parts, 70 x 72 x 33 in.

  • An image of a crowd in which one figure reaches up a hand to grab a cup of water from a man handing it down from a vehicle

    Jan. 25–May 20, 2024

    not one without water

    This exhibition, featuring works drawn from the Grinnell College Museum of Art’s permanent collection, takes its title from W.H. Auden’s poem, “First Things First,” in which water, fittingly, is the last word. Water’s paradoxical nature — life-sustaining and life-threatening, powerful and fragile, abundant and scarce, endangering and endangered — makes it a rich backdrop (if not the primary subject) for artists applying their own creative forces to one of life’s most essential and inscrutable elements.

    Image: John F. Phillips, American|Canadian, (1945–2010), Distributing Water, Meredith March, Mississippi, 1966.

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • A Pueblo pot with orange and black geometric patterns and a black figure of a bird against a gray background.

    May 30–Sept. 8, 2024

    Talking to Mother Clay: Pueblo Pottery from the GCMoA Collection

    Talking to Mother Clay features works of Pueblo pottery donated to the Grinnell College Museum of Art by Ann Reddan Rustebakke ’49, who collected pottery from many of the Pueblos in the Southwest while living in New Mexico for more than 40 years. The works in this exhibition feature birds, which Indigenous potters have looked to as inspiration for vessel shapes and painted designs since the beginning of Pueblo pottery traditions.

    Image: Unknown artist Acoma/Haa’ku, Water Jar, ca. 1970-1979. Ceramic, 6 ½ x 8 in. Gift of Ann Reddan Rustebakke ’49. (2002.60.032)

  • A ceramic sculpture by Iowa artist Ingrid Lilligren that resembles a ceramic vase standing on a wood-like scaffolding.

    June 11–Sept. 8, 2024

    Ingrid Lilligren: Tactile Meditations

    This exhibition features 18 projects by Ingrid Lilligren. Her art incorporates Braille text to explore social, cultural, and political blindness. Using this visual language can give sighted viewers the experience of being temporarily “othered.” Several works have words in Braille carved into or embossed onto the forms, and some use tiles or pegs to spell out the statement. Her subjects range from concepts about beauty to meditations on climate change. Poems by Debra Marquart, Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University and outgoing Poet Laureate of Iowa, are used in three pieces. 

    Image: Ingrid Lilligren, Blue Dream, 2020. Ceramic, wood, ice, unfired clay, sheet metal, 64 x 45 x 30 in.

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Campus Sculpture Tour

  • Prints by Valerie Hammond

    Sheltering with Art

    Yoga@GCMoA with Jackie Hutchison

    If you can't join us for yoga in the museum on Tuesdays with Joy Jones (see our Events page for dates and times) you can experience our virtual yoga with instructor Jackie Hutchinson. Jackie narrates regenerative yoga sessions featuring images of works from the Grinnell College Museum of Art Collection.

    Experience Yoga@GCMoA

Contact Information


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

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