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.


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
Grant Wood Studio, courtesy of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

7th Biennial Symposium Postponed

The National Advisory Board of the Grant Wood Art Colony has decided to postpone the 7 th Biennial Grant Wood Symposium: A Home and Studio of One’s Own originally scheduled for October 16-18, 2020. The first priority of the University of Iowa and the Grant Wood Art Colony remains protecting the...Read more


Stanley Studio Visit with Margarita Blush

Stanley Studio Visit with Margarita Blush

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 7:30pm

Grant Wood Fellow Margarita Blush will walk us through her recent work in her studio. Blush works in the field of devised visual theatre as a director, performer, and teacher. As an artist, she thrives through the creation of new and original work. Her work blends live acting, puppetry, movement, unique design, and live music to produce imaginative, aesthetically captivating, thought-provoking, and deeply meaningful theatre experiences for the audience. Her work challenges notions of...

Stanley Studio Visit with Elena Smyrniotis

Stanley Studio Visit with Elena Smyrniotis

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 7:30pm

During our studio visit with Grant Wood Fellow Elena Smyrniotis, we’ll tour the artist’s studio and discuss her current work and practice.  As an artist, Smyrniotis is interested in the exploration of real and fictional islands, their effect on our imagination, and their place in the utopian mentality. Islands are imbued with powerful myths; they combine materiality and metaphor and offer spaces that appear at once open and closed, fixed and fluid, defenseless and resilient, seductive and...

Stanley Studio Visit with Johnathan Payne

Stanley Studio Visit with Johnathan Payne

Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 7:30pm

Join us for a studio visit with Grant Wood Fellow Johnathan Payne to see some of his current work and hear about his practice. Payne’s most recent body of work is a rigorous engagement of collage, embroidery, and color painting processes. Using shredded paper, he weaves and adheres the material onto itself to construct intricately gridded substrates that are primed and painted several times over. Unconventional and idiosyncratic in nature, Payne’s works defy categorical definition....