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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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.

Staff Picks from the Collection

  • Sculpture of Hindu Lord Krishna

    From the Museum of Art Collection

    GCMoA Staff Picks: Milton Severe '86

    Grinnell College Museum of Art staff were invited to create a small, virtual exhibition from our collection of over 5,000 works of art. Everyone who works at the museum has their favorites!

    In this video, we’ll hear from Director of Exhibition Design Milton Severe '86. Milton focuses on three artworks from the collection, weaving together thoughts about his childhood in Grinnell, time as a student at the college, and his thirty-plus year career, presenting the college’s collection and designing stunning exhibitions.

  • Harmonica Blues, a print by Dox Thrash

    From the Museum of Art Collection

    GCMoA Staff Picks: Peggy Brown

    Grinnell College Museum of Art staff were invited to create a small, virtual exhibition from our collection of over 5,000 works of art. Everyone who works at the museum has their favorites!

    In this video, we’ll hear from Museum Guard Peggy Brown. Peggy is originally from southern Louisiana, and is influenced by art and music that resonates with New Orleans culture. Five years ago, she moved to a hobby farm in Montezuma, Iowa, after living in Alaska for over 21 years. Working at the museum, she appreciates being surrounded by the life, joy, struggle, and provocation of the various art exhibitions, and interacting with students, faculty, staff, and townspeople.

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