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.


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Iowa High School students awarded 2023 Grant Wood Legacy Prize

Three young visual artists from Riverdale, Norwalk, and Iowa City recognized for outstanding visual arts work [IOWA CITY, IOWA, March 04, 2023] — 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 outstanding...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
Dixon and Wilson with Class

GW Fellow Dixon Visits ELC Middle School Art Students

University of Iowa Grant Wood Art Colony Fellow, Michael Dixon, visited Jerry Wilson’s 5th-8th Grade Estherville Lincoln Central MS Art students as an Artist-in-Residence on Thursday and Friday, March 2nd and 3rd, 2023. Michael Dixon is an oil painter born in San Diego, California. He received his...Read more


Grant Wood Fellow Talk: Kieron Dwayne Sargeant

Grant Wood Fellow Talk: Kieron Dwayne Sargeant

Thursday, April 6, 2023, 7:00pm

"The Limbo Dance - From Backyard to Concert and Commercial Dance Stage"...

Stanley Museum of Art

Shadow Puppetry: Animating Through Figure and Voice

Shadow Puppetry: Animating Through Figure and Voice

Saturday, April 15, 2023, 10:00am to 4:00pm

This workshop is a thematic introduction to shadow puppetry as a bridge between performance, poetry, and visual art. The workshop will offer a balance between language and image-based narrative. Students will explore modes of shadow theater using analog overhead projectors as cinematic devices, and will also learn techniques for constructing shadow puppets made from cut paper and wire. For those who wish to perform their work live, we will host a performance “event” at the culmination of the...