Each January, the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History seeks applications from emerging to established artists in painting/drawing for the Grant Wood Fellowship Program for the following academic year.

Fellowship Recipient Responsibilities

  • Teach one class per semester in the University of Iowa School of Art & Art History, Painting & Drawing Area.  The candidate may teach either an introductory course or an advanced course depending on their strengths and the needs of the program
  • Present a public lecture about their work
  • Participate in limited public outreach activities (e.g.: workshops, discussion of your work with a local arts organization)
  • Shared exhibition at end of year with the Grant Wood Fellow in Printmaking, and possibly the fellow in Performing Arts.

Fellows receive:

  • an appointment as a Grant Wood Visiting Assistant Professor in Painting & Drawing
  • $40,000 salary and benefits
  • private studio
  • furnished housing (in a shared, off- campus residence)

Required Qualifications

The applicant will have received an MFA in painting/drawing or have an equivalent combination of education and experience, evidence of a
national exhibition record, university level teaching experience outside of graduate career, demonstration of a promising program of creative research that contributes to the current needs of the undergraduate and graduate painting and drawing population..

Desirable Qualifications

Understanding of a variety of conceptual approaches in the teaching of painting/drawing.

Submission Information

The application window is now closed. Check back in December 2020.

Applications should include a cover letter indicating interest and qualifications; curriculum vitae; a one-page artist’s statement; contact information for three professional references; candidates should include a link to their website providing digital documentation of recent work (at least 20 images with slide script/description of work).


The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply for all employment vacancies.

Current Fellow

Johnathan Payne

Johnathan Payne

JOHNATHAN PAYNE (he/him) is a Queer, African-American visual artist currently living and working in Montgomery, AL. He obtained a BA in art from Rhodes College in 2012 and received his MFA in painting and printmaking from the Yale School of Art in 2018. In 2018, Payne completed museum leadership...Read more