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.

The Grant Wood Art Colony is currently accepting applications for Fellowships in Printmaking, Painting & Drawing, and Interdisciplinary Performance-Dance.


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
Woodblock Printmaking Workshop, American Gothic House


Apply now for a 2022-23 Grant Wood Fellowship. The Grant Wood Fellowship application windows are currently open. These fellowships include printmaking, painting & drawing, and interdisciplinary performance--dance. Review of applications will begin in February 2022.Read more
Grant Wood Studio, courtesy of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

2022 Symposium

The 7th Biennial Grant Wood Symposium originally scheduled for 2020 will be held April 8-10, 2022, on the University of Iowa campus. The Grant Wood Art Colony will host a compelling series of presentations investigating 20th-21st-century artists who, like Grant Wood, extended their practice to creating distinctive homes and studios. They will explore how these environments reflect or shape an artist’s output and how they can be considered independent works in their own right. This three-day-long symposium will explore the intersections of home, creativity, and identity. Our prototype is Grant Wood, who renovated a hayloft into a studio and home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and restored and furnished a significant mid-nineteenth-century historic home in Iowa City where he lived and worked.Read more