Grinnell College Art Collection

The Grinnell College Art Collection began with 28 etchings given in honor of Maude Little Macy (1845-1926) and $1,200 raised for the purchase of art during the endowment campaign of 1908. Since then, gifts, bequests, and judicious purchases with endowed acquisition funds have helped to build a collection of more than 5,000 works of art. The collection is distinguished by its social and political commentary by artists who have taken up pen and stylus as weapons against oppression, exploitation and human folly. It includes prints by William Hogarth, Francisco Goya, Honoré Daumier, Käthe Kollwitz, the German Expressionists, and Pablo Picasso. Drawings from the former Soviet Union and graphic work from Eastern Europe and the Baltic States were acquired in the 1980s and 1990s. In recent years, acquisitions have enriched holdings of photography, painting, and sculpture, while the focus remains on works on paper. Many of these works are used regularly in teaching and research.

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Collection Highlights

Sandow Birk, American Qur'an, Sura 36, 37, ink, acrylic, and gouache on paper, suite of 6, 2009

Edward Burtynsky, Oil Spill #1, REM Forza, Gulf of Mexico, May 2011, chromogenic print, 2011

Edward Burtynsky, The Pentimento Portfolio, 10 chromogenic prints from Type 55 Polaroids, 2010

Edward Burtynsky, Shipbreaking #4, Chittagong, Bangladesh, chromogenic print, 2000

Sarah Charlesworth, Regarding Venus, Fuji Crystal Archive print, 2011

Sarah Charlesworth, Snake Girl, from the series Objects of Desire 2, color photograph, 1985

Bruce Conner, TAKE TWO, D.H.O.M.S., VOL. I, portfolio of 8 etchings, 1973/2001

Honoré Daumier: three lithographs

John Fraser, four drawings

Vladimer Gazovic, To You, Who Don't Like Violet, lithograph, 1970 

Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Otras leyes por el pueblo, from the first edition, 1877

Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Subir y bajar, plate 56 from the only lifetime edition of Los Caprichos, 1799

Fred Hagstrom, two artist's books

Jacob Hoefnagel, three engravings

Gertrude Kasebier, Portrait, Miss Minnie Ashley, photogravure, ca. 1905

Marcia Kure, Split Personality I-IV, watercolor, tempera, and pencil on paper (4), 2001

El Lissitsky, Dlia golosa (For the Voice), 1923

Hung Liu, "Unofficial Portraits," six color lithographs with collage, 2001

Tom Marioni, Drum Brush Drawing, steel on sandpaper, 1972-2006

Robert Polidori, Salles d'Afrique, Portrait of Louis XVI by Callet #2, Chateau de Versailles, 2007

Ivan Puni, Study for a Fresco, watercolor, 1921

John Scott, Commander (Bad Eye), mixed media on paper, 2011

Diane Victor, Birth of a Nation, suite of 10 drypoints, 2009-2010

William Villalongo, The Wild, Wild, West, cut velour paper, 2007

Diane Victor, The Wise and Foolish Virgins, triptych, charcoal and staining, 2009

The Grinnell College Art Collection grows continuously through gifts, bequests, and purchases. If you are interested in making a gift of art to Grinnell College, please contact Lesley Wright, Faulconer Gallery Director, at (641) 269-4642.

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  • Francisco Goya's Disasters of War Prints
  • Ar[t]chive: American Art in Historical Context, 1930-1990

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