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.

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

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 pm. 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 both a mask and a face shield.

General Public

Beginning Thursday March 18, we will be 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.

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

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Current Exhibition

  • Charles Bierk's Tau

    Feb. 2 – April 11, 2021

    Face Forward

    How many faces (besides your own in the mirror) have you laid eyes on in the past year? It’s time to look again, and so we’re pleased to present Face Forward, an opportunity to present the diversity of portraiture and figurative works we have in our collection, as well as feature new acquisitions that you have not seen on campus before. Explore the works in the exhibition, Face Forward

  • View of a Black figure from behind with a camera perched on his shoulder aimed at the viewer.

    Face Forward

    Introduction to the Exhibition

    Daniel Strong, associate director and curator of exhibitions, discusses works of art featured in Face Forward.

  • Upcoming Exhibition

    Fall 2021

  • Figure seated in a garden with sunflowers blooming behind him

    The Fall 2021 Exhibition


    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

  • Fall 2020 Exhibition

  • Photograph by Aida Muluneh

    The Fall 2020 Exhibition

    Let Yourself Continue

    2020 marked the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

    In commemoration of this event, the Grinnell College Museum of Art is presenting work by more than 50 women artists represented in the Museum of Art’s collection.

    Click on the picture at right for an introduction to the exhibition by Associate Director and Curator of Exhibitions Daniel Strong. You can find more videos on our exhibition page.

    Explore the virtual exhibition

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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