The Grant Wood Colony: Incubating Excellence

From 1934 to 1940, the foundational American Regionalist painter Grant Wood taught at the University of Iowa. The Grant Wood Art Colony celebrates his legacy by supporting established and emerging artists with residential fellowships. Each year, the Colony provides three fellowships in painting and drawing, printmaking, and interdisciplinary performance, housing them in Wood's historic Iowa City home and adjacent properties. The Grant Wood Fellows teach courses, engage Iowans, and pursue their artistic endeavors. The Grant Wood Colony also hosts a biennial symposium and provides outreach to perpetuate Wood’s legacy as an artist and advocate of contemporary art.

Public engagement in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The University of Iowa’s core mission extends beyond the classrooms, laboratories, studios, and libraries where we educate students, conduct our research, and create new artistic work. Equally important is our engagement with communities throughout Iowa, across the nation, and around the world. 

Our faculty, students, and staff work to solve problems, imagine new approaches to challenges, and improve quality of life, often through service-learning courses in which students earn academic credit. 

It’s a virtuous circle: When UI expertise is harnessed to help a community or region improve the lives of its residents, the experience adds unique educational value to students’ academic journeys, and advances the research and creative production of our faculty. In turn, that new knowledge empowers us to help more communities, solve more problems, and improve more lives. 

The UI is not just the University of Iowa, we're the University for Iowa—and throughout the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, we are proud to serve.