The Grant Wood Art Colony celebrates the life and legacy of Iowa’s most famous artist, Grant Wood. After painting one of the most recognizable images in the world, American Gothic, Wood joined the University of Iowa faculty. Each year, the Colony provides three Fellowships in Painting & Drawing, Printmaking , and Interdisciplinary Performance. Fellows teach courses, engage Iowans, and pursue their artistic endeavors. The Colony also hosts a biennial symposium and provides outreach to perpetuate Wood’s legacy as an artist and advocate of contemporary art.


Composite of three winning images

Iowa High School Students Awarded 2024 Grant Wood Legacy Prize

Three young visual artists from Bondurant, Burlington, and Riverdale recognized for outstanding visual arts work [IOWA CITY, IOWA, April 17, 2024] — The University of Iowa’s Grant Wood Art Colony (GWAC) will award three students from Iowa high schools with the Grant Wood Legacy Prize for...Read more
GWAC 2015 Fellow Careena Melia speaks to Coe College students


The Grant Wood Art Colony is a featured program of the University of Iowa Provost’s Office of Community Engagement. The program exemplifies the University of Iowa’s historic commitment to creative work and pioneering of the Master of Fine Arts degree. New and Enhanced Programs Catalogue Raisonn é...Read more


Hagoromo, an exhibition by Junli Song

Hagoromo, an exhibition by Junli Song

Saturday, April 20, 2024, 8:00am to Friday, April 26, 2024, 8:00pm

Grant Wood Fellow, Junli Song, will present a solo exhibition in the Drewelowe Gallery, Visual Arts Building. As an artist and storyteller, she works across a range of media from printmaking to installation to explore imagined worlds and personal mythologies. Song’s work exists within a creative universe called the In-Between Cosmos, an imaginary realm where the liminal becomes a space of alternative existence. ...

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