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.


2020 Legacy Prize Winners

Three High School Students Awarded Grant Wood Legacy Prize

Three Young Visual Artists from Bondurant-Farrar and Alburnett High Schools Recognized for Outstanding Work by the University of Iowa Grant Wood Art Colony. Saturday, March 7, the University of Iowa’s Grant Wood Art Colony will award the Grant Wood Legacy Prize to three outstanding high-school visual artists: Hunter Mesch (Alburnett), Cash Lilly (Bondurant-Farrar), and Wyatt Bailey (Bondurant-Farrar).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