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.


Grant Wood in 5 Turner Alley

2016 Symposium Schedule

October 28-29, the Grant Wood Art Colony presents the 5th biennial symposium, “Myth, Memories, and the Midwest: Grant Wood and Beyond.” In honor of Grant Wood’s 125th birthday, the Colony and its National Advisory Board has planned a robust and engaging event.Read more
1142 East Court Street

1142 documentary screening

Englert Theatre 4:30 p.m. Symposium Reception 5:30 p.m. Screening Join Jim Hayes for a special screening of 1142 , a new documentary about Grant Wood’s Iowa City home. In 1856, a local brick manufacturer, Nicholas Oakes, completed the building of his house at 1142 East Court Street in Iowa City...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. 2016 marks 125 years since Grant Wood’s...Read more