Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A New Dentist/Sister American Gothic Combo

“It felt like a very historic event,” Jeff says.

“We had a real nice day,” Justin says about the trip to Eldon, Iowa, where they stood in front of the restored house Grant Wood had seen in 1930 and used as the backdrop.

After they dressed in period clothes available at the house, photographer Mike Schlotterback lined them up just so. He even had Justin rest the pitchfork on a piece of wood so it would be the right height.

“She’s a short little thing,” Justin chuckles about his co-model. “You know, in American Gothic that woman is pretty tall. So she stood on a box.”

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Governor Culver honors Grant Wood with Iowa Award today

DES MOINES – Governor Chet Culver will travel to Iowa City for a special ceremony honoring Grant Wood as the latest recipient of the Iowa Award. Governor Culver announced in August that the Anamosa-born legendary artist Grant Wood, who died in 1942 at the age of 50, would be receiving the award.

“The Iowa Award is our state’s highest civilian honor, and goes to those individuals who embody what it means to be an Iowan,” said Governor Culver. “Through his work, Grant Wood was able to capture the spirit and beauty of our state, and shared that image with the world. Grant Wood is a true Iowan who never lost his love for our state, and I am proud to honor him with the Iowa Award.”