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


Stanley Studio Visit with Johnathan Payne

Stanley Studio Visit with Johnathan Payne

Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 8:00pm

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....