Grant Wood Art Colony

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.
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Iowa City , Iowa: United States
The Grant Wood Art Colony is a program of the University of Iowa. The Colony (including administrative office and fellow residences) is located just east of campus in a historic neighborhood. Fellows receive full access to University resources as well as a private studio, on campus.


  • Residency Length: 10 months (12 if desired)
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 3
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 3
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 200 per search


  • Artist Status: Emerging Artists
  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: February 01
  • Application Ongoing: Yes
  • Additional deadline info:
    Applications may be submitted at The fellowship search runs from early January to early February. Positions are open until filled - with reviews beginning the first week of February and decisions being made in April.

Past Residents & Quotes

The Grant Wood Fellowship has been a wonderful experience. Teaching motivated students at the stunning Art Building West designed by Steven Holl, researching at the library, being part of the distinguished School of Art & Art History at the University of Iowa, and experiencing the distinctive character of Iowa City while having the space to work and reflect on my practice has been generative in ways that will stay with me for years to come.
— Mariangeles Soto-Diaz

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house), Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Spouses/partners allowed for full stay, Children allowed for full stay
    Insurance plan coverage extends to the entire family.
  • Accessibility: no
  • Studios/special equipment: Exhibition / Installation, Painting, Printmaking

Residency Fees

$500 refundable deposit if selected

Stipends / other support

$40k teaching salary+benefits Housing and studio space

Additional expectations / opportunities

Teaching one class per semester under Visiting Associate Professor title

Contact Information

1131 E. Burlington St.
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
United States

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