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April 8 - 10, 2022

Thank you to all who attended both in person and online. Check back in a few weeks for recordings of the sessions.

The Grant Wood Art Colony at the University of Iowa 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.

A call for papers held in spring 2020 generated great interest and an excellent program of diverse scholars. Speakers will present new research about contemporary or historic figures who created unique homes and/or studios. 

Learn more about Grant Wood's Cedar Rapids studio, affectionately called "5 Turner Alley," by visiting the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art's website.



Click on the titles to learn more about the speakers and their research.

Friday, April 8
240 Art Building West

2:45 p.m. Registration Opens
3:00 p.m. Welcome

Maura Pilcher, Director, Grant Wood Art Colony
Nick Benson, Director, Office of Community Engagement

Barbara Wilson, President, University of Iowa

3:40-5:30 p.m.    Keynote: Creativity on the Home Front
6:30-8:00 p.m. All attendee reception at Tomás Lasansky Studio (703 S Clinton St, Iowa City), including a roundtable of current and former Grant Wood Fellows

Saturday, April 9
240 Art Building West

9:00 a.m. Registration Opens
9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

Jim Hayes, President, Grant Wood Art Colony National Advisory Board

9:50-11:35 a.m.    Session 1: The Art that is Life

Chair Tripp Evans

11:35 a.m.-1:15 p.m.    Break
1:15-2:30 p.m.    Session 2: Visionaries

Chair Jane Milosch

2:30-2:45 p.m.    Break
2:45-4:10p.m.    Session 3: Labors of Love

Chair Lauren Lessing

Sunday, April 10
Grant Wood's Studio*

11:00 a.m.    Grant Wood Studio House open for tours for Symposium attendee

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art*

12:30-2:00 p.m.    Closing Plenary

Chair Valerie Balint

*Masks are required at 5 Turner Alley and in the CRMA Auditorium. Masks are strongly encouraged in all of the symposium venues.

Support provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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