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.



1142: Beyond the Bricks

In 1856, a local brick manufacturer, Nicholas Oakes, completed the building of his house at 1142 East Court Street in Iowa City. Since then, each owner of 1142 has both nurtured and been nurtured by this significant and beautiful home. Noted regional artist, Grant Wood, internationally celebrated...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

2016-17 GWAC Fellows Announced

The Grant Wood Art Colony announces its three fellows for the 2016-17 academic year: Colin Lyons in Printmaking, Christopher-Rasheem McMillan in Interdisciplinary Performance (Dance), and Tameka Norris in Painting and Drawing. Each fellow was selected from hundreds of applications from around the...Read more