View of the back wall of the Museum showing 6 portraits from the art collection.


The Grinnell College Museum of Art is open to students, faculty, and staff by appointment.

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.

We appreciate your patience as we all work as a community to slow the spread of COVID-19.

For more information, see Coronavirus COVID-19 Response.

A space for powerful and thought-provoking art experiences.

The Grinnell College Museum of Art presents exhibitions of regional, national, and international artists throughout the year in the Faulconer Gallery, a 7,420 square feet of state-of-the-art exhibition space at the heart of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. Exhibitions in the Print and Drawing Study Room and Burling Gallery, located on the lower level of Burling Library, focus on objects in the Grinnell College Art Collection as well as objects directly related to Grinnell College classes during the spring and fall semesters. Click on the links below for exhibitions current, future, and past, as well as student-curated exhibitions resulting from Mentored Advanced Projects (MAPs) and the gallery's triennial Exhibition Seminar.

Feb. 2 – April 11, 2021

  • Charles Bierk's Tau

    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.

Fall 2020 Exhibitions

  • Photograph by Aida Muluneh

    Fall 2020 Virtual Exhibition

    Let Yourself Continue

    August 2020 marks 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.

    Explore the Let Yourself Continue virtual exhibition

Jacob Lawrence: The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture

Print by Jacob Lawrence of Toussaint L'Ouverture
Jacob Lawrence. General Toussaint L’Ouverture, 1986. Serigraph. The Grinnell College Museum of Art Collection.

Sept. 15–Dec. 11, 2020

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.

Explore our collection of Jacob Lawrence’s prints

  • Detail of print by Jacob Lawrence

    Jacob Lawrence: The Life of Toussaint L'Ouverture

    Professor Fredo Rivera speaks about the prints in Jacob Lawrence's Toussaint L'Ouverture Series

    In this video, Assistant Professor of Art History Fredo Rivera talks about prints from Jacob Lawrence’s The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture series.

Recent Exhibitions

  • Print by Aaron Rothman

    April 17–Aug. 2, 2020

    Nature, Made

    What happens when an artist doesn’t just represent the natural world, but makes it anew, through a creative lens?

    Five alumni artists work with animals, plants, and environments, crafting them into personal expression and commenting on the human impulse to alter the world around us. The exhibition, curated by Lesley Wright, director of the Museum, will include painting, printmaking, sculpture and drawing by artists Fay Stanford ’72, Pamela Crockett ’76, Aaron Rothman ’96, Regan Golden ’00, and John Martin Bell ’08.

    Explore the Nature, Made virtual exhibition.

  • Image of the Coretta Scott King Award

    May 29 - July 31, 2020

    Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Awards

    The Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards annually recognizes outstanding African American artists of children’s books who demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. Our Voice is the first retrospective of all winners and honorees since the establishment of the award in 1974. This exhibition is organized by the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas. Special thanks to Nick Glass and

    Explore the Our Voice virtual exhibition.

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