Grant Wood Art Colony Hosts Biennial Symposium

Scholars from across the country will convene at Art Building West on the University of Iowa’s campus Oct. 28-29 for the fifth biennial Grant Wood Symposium to address topics from humor to camouflage. To honor Wood’s 125th birthday, this year’s theme is “Myth, Memories, and the Midwest: Grant Wood and Beyond.” The symposium, hosted by the Grant Wood Art Colony, will culminate with a special showing of the new documentary, 1142, at the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City on Saturday night.

The mission of the Grant Wood Art Colony is to nurture creative work and teaching in disciplines relevant to the art and life of Grant Wood—studio art, art history, and the performing arts. The program exemplifies the UI’s commitment to creative work and pioneering of the MFA degree. The Grant Wood Art Colony further embodies the "Iowa Idea" of bringing artists and scholars together in an academic context.

All are welcome to participate and engage leading professionals in art history and listen to their original research. The symposium commences with a keynote address from Dr. Erika Doss, University of Notre Dame, titled Screwball Regionalism: Grant Wood and Humor During the Great Depression. Then, experts will present the papers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Art Building West. View the full schedule.

The Grant Wood Symposium is free and open to the public. While not required, attendees are encouraged to register at

Support for the Grant Wood Symposium provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and private donations to University of Iowa Foundation.