In honor of Iowa’s most famous artist, the Grant Wood Art Colony established the Grant Wood Legacy Prize. On March 10, the Colony will award the prize to three outstanding, high-school visual artists in Iowa: Caylee Fuqua (Ames), Brandi Marlett (West Des Moines), and Kallan Paulsen (Bondurant).
Grant Wood was a lifelong-educator, from his early years teaching at Cedar Rapids’s McKinley Junior High in the 1920s to the Stone City Art Colony of the 1930s and until his death while a University of Iowa faculty member. The Grant Wood Art Colony, committed to continuing the legacy of Grant Wood, promotes Wood’s passion for education and developing young artists. “The Grant Wood Legacy Prize enables the University of Iowa to discover young Iowa artists to encourage their talent,” said Maura Pilcher, Grant Wood Art Colony Director. “We hope to provide the support that influenced Wood’s career and contributed to his success.”
The three Grant Wood Legacy Prize recipients were selected from a pool of over 450 entries by current Grant Wood Fellows, Joe DeVera and Brandon Coley Cox. Winners were selected for their demonstration of a Regional voice and skill. Judges reviewed entries from Iowa students in the media categories in which Grant Wood worked: jewelry, painting, drawing and illustration, printmaking, design, ceramics and glass, and mixed media. The selection was done in collaboration with the Belin-Blank Center. The Belin-Blank Center serves as the affiliate for the Iowa and Midwest Region-at-Large Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Grant Wood Legacy Prize winners and their educators will be recognized at the Annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards ceremony on March 10, 2018. Winners will receive a scholarship to the Belin-Blank Summery Art Residency in the summer of 2018. More information can be found on the Belin-Blank website.
Caylee Fuqua, Efflorescence, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 11, Ames High School, Ames, IA. Shelli Hassebrock, Educator; Belin-Blank Center, Affiliate; 2018 Gold Key; 2018 American Visions Nomination; 2018 Grant Wood Legacy Prize.
Brandi Marlett, Deann, Ceramics & Glass. Grade 12, Valley High School, West Des Moines, IA. Maggie Harlow-Vogt, Educator; Educator; Belin-Blank Center, Affiliate; 2018 Gold Key; 2018 Grant Wood Legacy Prize..
Kallan Paulsen, Sentinel, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 12, Bondurant-Farrar High School, Bondurant, IA. Christian Vandehaar, Educator; Belin-Blank Center, Affiliate; 2018 Gold Key; 2018 American Visions Nomination; 2018 Grant Wood Legacy Prize.