The Grant Wood Art Colony
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 and art history, 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. Our long-term goal is to create a vibrant colony and cultural center, woven together by gardens and studio space.
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The Grant Wood Art Colony, housed within the School of Art and Art History, is centered at 1131 E. Burlington St. 1131 houses staff offices, a studio, an upstairs residence for one Grant Wood Fellow, and a reception area. Residences for two Grant Wood Fellows were added in the falls of 2012 and of 2013 at 1205 E. Burlington. The Grant Wood Art Colony currently produces a biennial Grant Wood Symposium and the Grant Wood Fellowship Program.
The Grant Wood Fellowship program currently provides three one-year post-MFA/post-doctoral fellowships in painting, printmaking, and interdisciplinary performance. Fellows are selected through a national competition and provided with furnished living quarters at The Grant Wood Art Colony. During the academic year each fellow will teach a total of two courses at the University of Iowa, leaving the rest of the time for the artist’s own work and research. A teaching salary, benefits and studio are provided.
For more information please contact:
Saffron Henke (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Assistant Director for The Grant Wood Art Colony
1131 E. Burlington St.
Iowa City, IA 52240