Grant Wood

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Full NameGrant DeVolson Wood
BirthFebruary 13, 1891, Anamosa, Iowa, U.S.
DeathFebruary 12, 1942 (aged 50), Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.
EducationSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago
Known ForPainting
Notable WorkAmerican Gothic
Art MovementRegionalism
Early LifeBorn in rural Iowa, moved to Cedar Rapids after father’s death, apprenticed in a metal shop
EducationAttended The Handicraft Guild in Minneapolis, then School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Military ServiceJoined U.S. military during WWI, worked as an artist designing camouflage and other art
Teaching CareerTaught art to junior high school students in Cedar Rapids (1919-1925)
European InfluenceMade multiple trips to Europe, influenced by Impressionism, post-Impressionism, and especially Jan van Eyck
Significant ProjectsDesigned stained glass windows for a Veterans Memorial Building in Cedar Rapids
Art ColonyHelped found the Stone City Art Colony in 1932 to support artists during the Great Depression
AdvocacyProponent of Regionalism in the arts, lectured nationwide
Personal StudioLived with mother in Cedar Rapids, converted loft of a carriage house into personal studio at “5 Turner Alley”

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