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, 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.

Applications are now being accepted for the Grant Wood Fellowship in Printmaking and Painting & Drawing.

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Woodblock Printmaking Workshop, American Gothic House

Fellowship

Apply now for a 2020-21 Grant Wood Fellowship. The Grant Wood Fellowship application windows are currently open. These fellowships include printmaking and painting & drawing. Review of applications will begin in February 2020.Read more
Grant Wood Studio, courtesy of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

2020 Symposium Call For Presenters

The Grant Wood Art Colony is currently accepting presentation proposals for their 7th Biennial Symposium: A Home and Studio of One's Own (October 16-17, 2020). Proposals are due March 1, 2020.Read more

Events

Talk: "Constructing Narratives" with Tyanna Buie

Talk: "Constructing Narratives" with Tyanna Buie

Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 7:00pm

Tyanna Buie, Grant Wood Fellow in Printmaking, will explore the expansive processes of printmaking and print media, while focusing on the trajectory of the representational, iconic, and symbolic references present in the works, as well as how the personal becomes political....

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Talk: "Goddess Eye View" with Suzanne Wright

Talk: "Goddess Eye View" with Suzanne Wright

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 7:00pm

In a recent body of work, Grant Wood Fellow in Painting & Drawing Suzanne Wright researched the planning, architecture, and symbology of Washington, DC. Using Google Earth to view the capital city from an aerial perspective, she created an inverted, “feminized” version of the city’s monuments. These works open a dialogue that responds to historically masculine symbols of power, exemplified by her painting of the Washington Monument, Goddess Eye View. Wright will discuss how art, activism,...

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Talk: "Drawing from Receptivity" with Tony Orrico

Talk: "Drawing from Receptivity" with Tony Orrico

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 7:00pm

Tony Orrico, Grant Wood Fellow in Interdisciplinary Performance, will discuss how he approaches drawing and object making through performance. He will share the components of his body practice, Suspension, and its influence on his visual work over the past ten years. In Orrico’s early series, Penwald Drawings and Carbon, works meditate on select parameters and permutations of the same materials: body, paper, and graphite. Orrico will describe how he generates movement and momentum from a felt...

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