February 8, 2016

Activities at the University of Iowa:

  • Birthday Card: (January-February) Students from across Iowa are encouraged to create Grant-Wood-art-inspired birthday cards and send them to the UIMA. These cards will be displayed in the Social (In)Justice exhibition and on social media. Click here for more information.
  • Graduate Seminar: (January-April) Art History Professor Joni Kinsey is teaching a graduate seminar entitled “Grant Wood and Regionalist Perspectives on America in the 1930s.”
  • Social (In)Justice exhibition and programming: (February-March) A selection of University-owned Grant Wood artwork will be on display as part of the Social (In)Justice exhibition in the UIMA Black Box Theater. In association with this exhibition, the Grant Wood Fellows are providing talks about the Grant Wood Fellowship and their careers (2/2, 2/16, 3/1) and Joni Kinsey is giving her “doing justice for Grant Wood” talk (2/12). Click here for more information.
  • Grant Wood Legacy Prize: The Grant Wood Art Colony awarded its first three Grant Wood Legacy Prizes to outstanding young, Iowa artists. Click here for more information.
  • Lunch & Learns: (April) Jim Hayes and Maura Pilcher will talk about the Grant Wood Art Colony and the legacy of Grant Wood in Iowa. Click here for more information.
  • Fall Symposium: The 5th biennial Grant Wood Symposium, “Myth, Memories, and the Midwest: Grant Wood and Beyond,” will take place on October 28 and 29. Click here for more information.

Area events:

Anamosa, Iowa:

  • Grant Wood Birthday Party: (February 13) Grant Wood birthday party including giant birthday cake at Jones County Tourism building. Grant Wood Story Time at Anamosa Library. Grant Wood inspired craft at Thou Art.
  • Stone City Art Colony presentation: (March 12) Presentation on the history of the Colony.
  • Grant Wood: Behind the Scenes: (May) Starlighters Theatre will present Grant Wood: Behind the Scenes, a live exhibition of Grant Wood's works with commentary on each piece.
  • Grant Wood Memories Days: (June 14) Paint and Palette Club will hold their annual Grant Wood Memories Days at the Antioch School east of Anamosa.
  • Stone City Tours: (June 26 & July 10) Stone City Foundation will provide tours of Stone City.
  • Stone City Festival: (September 18) Feature artist displays, blacksmithing, and city tours.
  • Magic on Main: (November) Magic on Main will feature living windows of Grant Wood's artwork.

American Gothic House Center in Eldon, Iowa:

  • Grant Wood Birthday Soup Smorgasbord: (February 13) Join the American Gothic House Center as we celebrate the 125th anniversary of Grant Wood’s birth. Enjoy a variety of delicious home-cooked soups and bread. Complete the meal and the celebration with a slice of birthday cake and a mug of hot coffee. Free will donations are welcome and proceeds support programming at the American Gothic House Center.
  • New exhibit: The American Scene: Prints from the 1930s and 1940s: (February 13-April 30) The exhibit features a selection of prints from the 1930s and 1940s depicting a variety of rural and urban scenes from across America. The pieces featured are loan from the Indian Hills Community College Fahrney Collection.
  • Woodblock Printmaking workshop: (March 19) Learn about the techniques behind historical prints and create your own printed work of art with University of Iowa Grant Wood Fellow Terry Conrad. All supplies and materials will be provided. The workshop will take place inside the American Gothic House. This program made possible through the generous support of the University of Iowa Arts Share program. Click here for more information.
  • Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau presents Tom Milligan in Grant Wood: Prairie Rebel: (April 30) In this 45-minute, one-man show, Grant Wood chats with the audience as if talking to an old friend across the backyard fence, or maybe at his home at Five Turner Alley in Cedar Rapids. He tells us about his life and how he changed the art world forever with his work. It is the man behind American Gothic that we hear and see, and the story of how he took the moments, the memories, and the people of our state, and showed the whole world the specialness of this Iowa. After the presentation, the audience is encouraged to ask questions of the actor about Grant Wood and his life.
  • American Gothic House Art Contest: (June 11-13) Join regional artists in celebrating the beauty of the house that inspired Grant Wood to paint American Gothic! Enter your artwork in one of our five divisions to win a cash prize for first or second place in your division. There are no entry fees, and artists using any media (excluding photography) are invited to participate.

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art:

  • New exhibit: Grant Wood and Marvin Cone: Barns, Farms, and America's Heartland: (February 6- May 15) The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, which holds the world's larges collection of Wood works, honors two friends and colleagues, both born in 1891. Click here for more information.
  • Family Fun Day: (February 13) Families can enjoy free access to the galleries to see his (and other artists') works. There will also be make-and-take art projects and games that all ages will enjoy. Click here for more information.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa:

  • Overalls All Over: (May-September) The public display will feather about 30 life-sized Fiberglass recreations of the dour duo from American Gothic, painted with the unbridled creativity of Iowa artists. Click here for more information.

Know of other celebrations. Send the Grant Wood Art Colony an email.

Related articles:

Video: Grant Wood students celebrate famous namesake on 125th birthday, The Gazette (October 28, 2015)

"Eastern Iowa celebrates 125th anniversary of Grant Wood's birth," Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel (March 4, 2016)