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.


Suzanne Wright, Gateway to the Dance Floor, 2019

Alex Brown Foundation Announces Inaugural Residencies

The Alex Brown Foundation in Des Moines has announced its first artist residencies, which are to begin this summer. The foundation has named painter and printmaker Vamba Bility as its inaugural resident artist, to be followed by multimedia artist Justin Sterling, sculptor David Craig, painter Emmy...Read more

Grant Wood Art Colony Announces 2022-23 Fellows

The Grant Wood Art Colony of the University of Iowa announces the recipients of the 2020-21 Grant Wood Fellowship. Each year, three fellows are selected from an international search to become artists-in-residence and visiting assistant professors at the University of Iowa. Through a competitive...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 Community 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 Catalogue Raisonn é...Read more