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.
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.