Installation view of works from the Museum collection

Grinnell College Museum of Art

GCMoA is free and open to all.

Regular hours:

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

Saturday, noon–5 p.m. (Closed Saturday, May 28)

Masks are recommended for: 

  • People who have a known exposure to a COVID positive individual 
  • People who are high risk.
  • Visitors to campus from areas/regions of high transmission

Anyone is welcome to wear a mask. The Museum can provide you with one. 

Current Exhibitions

  • Detail of quilt in Jewel Box Ribbons exhibition

    June 28 — Aug. 27, 2022

    Jewel Box Ribbons

    This exhibition of the Jewel Box Quilters Guild features quilts of all sizes, techniques, colors, and patterns, designed and quilted by local guild members. This will be their first exhibition at the museum since a pattern has been set for all of us by the pandemic: isolation, stasis, discovery, emergence, renewal.

  • Detail of collage by Rashaad Newsome, Showing a bust-length human Black figure combined with African statuary head.

    Sustaining Vision: Recent Gifts and Purchases for the Museum of Art Collection

    While Jewel Box Ribbons is on view, we are also exhibiting recent additions our permanent collection by Damon Davis, Rashaad Newsome, Shimon Okshteyn, Diane Victor, and William Villalongo.

    The art collection of Grinnell College has been growing since the institution’s early days. The uncertainty of the past three years has had little impact on this expanding diversity and growth. In the visual arts, as in the human creative impulses at their heart and in the heart of every Grinnellian, the supply chain is not an issue.

    When space allows, we are proud to present objects from our growing collection here in the museum. The five recent additions to the collection on view will help sustain and enrich the College’s teaching mission for generations of future Grinnellians, nimble yet steadfast astride the changing times.

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • 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.

  • 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 is a 2021 recipient of the Rome Prize in the visual arts, awarded by the American Academy in Rome, where he is in residence, creating new work for this exhibition, through August 2022.

Explore our social media for new perspectives on our collection and daily opportunities to interact with works of art.

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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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