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.


2020 Legacy Prize Winners

Three High School Students Awarded Grant Wood Legacy Prize

Three Young Visual Artists from Bondurant-Farrar and Alburnett High Schools Recognized for Outstanding Work by the University of Iowa Grant Wood Art Colony. Saturday, March 7, the University of Iowa’s Grant Wood Art Colony will award the Grant Wood Legacy Prize to three outstanding high-school visual artists: Hunter Mesch (Alburnett), Cash Lilly (Bondurant-Farrar), and Wyatt Bailey (Bondurant-Farrar).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. New and Enhanced Programs Fellowships: The...Read more
Grant Wood Studio, courtesy of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

2020 Symposium Call For Presenters

The Grant Wood Art Colony is currently accepting presentation proposals for their 7th Biennial Symposium: A Home and Studio of One's Own (October 16-17, 2020). Proposals are due March 1, 2020.Read more


Talk: "Drawing from Receptivity" with Tony Orrico

Talk: "Drawing from Receptivity" with Tony Orrico

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 7:00pm

Tony Orrico, Grant Wood Fellow in Interdisciplinary Performance, will discuss how he approaches drawing and object making through performance. He will share the components of his body practice, Suspension, and its influence on his visual work over the past ten years. In Orrico’s early series, Penwald Drawings and Carbon, works meditate on select parameters and permutations of the same materials: body, paper, and graphite. Orrico will describe how he generates movement and momentum from a felt...

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