The Grant Wood Art Colony

The University of Iowa Campus looking west from Old Capitol and the Pentacrest.

Location: Iowa City, Iowa

Mission: 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.

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.

Cost: A teaching salary, benefits and studio are provided.

Application Fee: no application fee

Number of Artists: Up to 3 fellowship recipients

Accommodations: Private studio, furnished housing (in a shared, off- campus residence), part-time teaching experience at The University of Iowa, solo exhibition

Length of Stay: 1 year; mid-August through mid-August

Demographic/Medium: Post-MFA/Post-doctoral fellowship for Painting, printmaking, and interdisciplinary performance

Benefits: Teach one class per semester in The University of Iowa School of Art & Art History, Painting and Drawing Area. Present a public lecture about your work. Participate in limited public outreach activities (for example: radio interview, discussion of your work with a local arts organization). Solo exhibition

Deadline: Early January to early March. Deadlines for the 2014-2015 search will be posted in fall of 2013.




gw_esther_baker-tarpaga_1Esther Baker-Tarpaga rom Her Other Side, 2013
(collaboration with Hind Benali)



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