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.


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Grant Wood Art Colony Announces 2017-18 Fellows

The Grant Wood Art Colony of the University of Iowa announces the recipients of the 2017-18 Grant Wood Fellowship. Each year, three fellows are selected from an international search to become artists-in-residence and assistant visiting 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 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
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2017 Grant Wood Legacy Prize Winners Announced

In honor of Iowa’s most famous artist, the Grant Wood Art Colony established the Grant Wood Legacy Prize. On March 11, the Colony will award the prize to three outstanding, high-school visual artists in Iowa: Mia Ruther (Burlington), Noelle Hahn (Burlington), and Kate Goodvin (Iowa City). Grant...Read more