The Grant Wood Art Colony

General information

Brief description of organisation

The Grant Wood Art Colony seeks to provide a creative home for the next generation of artists and continue Grant Wood’s creative advocacy in the School of Art & Art History and the Division of Performing Arts at The University of Iowa through artist residencies, teaching fellowships, symposia, and community programs.

The vision of the Colony is to nurture creative work and teaching in disciplines relevant to the art and life of Grant Wood—studio art, art history, the performing arts, and eventually expanding to a variety of disciplines. The program exemplifies The University of Iowa’s historic commitment to creative work and pioneering of the MFA degree. The Grant Wood Art Colony will further embody the “Iowa Idea” of bringing artists and scholars together in an academic context, as first formulated in the 1920s by President Walter Jessup and Graduate Dean Carl Seashore. The long-term goal is to create a vibrant colony and cultural center, woven together by gardens and studio space.

The Grant Wood Art Colony celebrates the life and legacy of Iowa’s most famous artist, Grant Wood. After painting one of the most recognizable images in the world, American Gothic, Wood joined the University of Iowa faculty. Each year, 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 other public lectures to perpetuate Wood’s legacy as an artist and advocate of contemporary art.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Sponsored by the University of Iowa, the Grant Wood Fellowship and Art Colony is a year long appointment. In addition to living and studio accommodations, the Fellowship provides a Visiting Associate Professor appointment with salary and benefits at the University of Iowa´s School of Art & Art History or Division of Performing Arts.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Printmaking
  • Painting & Drawing
Type of organisation
  • Part of a University

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 year
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food

Housing is provided, with a teaching salary, benefits, and studio space.

Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Cleaning
  • Exhibition
  • Donation of an Artwork

All of the above. Teach one class per semester, an exhibition in the spring, donation of a piece to the Colony house

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Allowance/Stipend
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Exhibition at end of Residency

Description of residency


OtherDowntown Iowa City, a college town of about 70,000 people

  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Printmaking Facilities
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English

How to reach

Nearest airport

Eastern Iowa Airport (CID)

Contact information

The Grant Wood Art Colony
1131 E. Burlington St.
52240 Iowa City
United States of America

Phone: +13193843579

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