The University of Iowa

Grant Wood, Parson Weems’ Fable, 1939, Oil on canvas, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

The Colony sits within the Office of Outreach and Engagement to encourage cross-disciplinary exploration and innovation between the Grant Wood fellows and the university’s faculty and students. The Colony focuses on taking the university’s arts resources out to communities through workshops, installations, lectures, and performances. The Colony is named for Grant Wood, who joined the University of Iowa faculty after painting one of the most recognizable images in the world, American Gothic.

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"The Grant Wood Art Colony  is one of the BEST things happening in the art world and in academia. It does so many great things at once: honors the past (the legacy and work of Grant Wood); educates today through diverse programming about the significance of Wood’s life in Iowa and international art work; and, builds for the future through its Artist Fellows program. The Fellowship and Grant Wood Art Colony symposia value art and artists of yesterday, today and tomorrow, through teaching, making art, and scholarship—all help to bring about a world we all want to live in—one that includes beauty, creativity and hope. Wood’s work gave form to these qualities. And to so much more…"

Jane Milosch, Grant Wood Art Colony National Advisory Board

Director, Provenance Research Exchange Program, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.


Celebrating the life and legacy of Iowa’s most famous artist, Grant Wood, 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.

"One of the things that the Grant Wood fellowship is really about, is about artists, allowing them the time to do what they need to do at that time. For me, it was time to think for a while, and develop a project, which is a major shift from anything that I've done in the past."

Colin Lyons, Grant Wood Fellow 2016-17