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.


ICNC Honeycomb, Elena V. Smyrniotis, 2021

The Bee Project

Take part in a community-created work of art--The Bee Project. Grant Wood Printmaking Fellow Elena V. Smyrniotis offers an exciting art project that you can do independently. Then, you can connect your bee with the swarm and become part of large community installations celebrating the importance of...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 Outreach & 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 Fellowships: The...Read more