Installation view of For Campus and Community: The Collection of the Grinnell College Museum of Art

Museum of Art Collection

The collection of the Grinnell College Museum of Art began more than a century ago. 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 works on paper by artists who have used the media for social and political commentary. It includes two complete editions of Francisco Goya's Disasters of War, as well as prints by William Hogarth, Honoré Daumier, Käthe Kollwitz, and the German Expressionists, and contemporary artists including William Kentridge, Enrique Chagoya, Kiki Smith, and Kara Walker. 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

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

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

Jacob Hoefnagel, three engravings

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

The Museum of 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, Museum Director, at 641-269-4642.

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