Thursday, March 1, 2012

Announcing this year’s Grant Wood Bus Trip!

It’s almost that time again for our annual Grant Wood Bus Trip! This year’s trip will definitely be something special.

We will be heading to Iowa City on Saturday, April 14 to attend the Grant Wood Symposium, which is being held at the University of Iowa. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see world-renowned art history experts talk about Grant Wood and his work. Some of the speakers will include Shirley Reece-Hughes of the Amon Carter Museum, Travis Nygard of Ripon College, Erika Doss of Notre Dame University, and Luciano Cheles from the University of Paris. The event sponsors will even be saving a section of seats just for our group!

We’ll have lunch at the newly opened Peking Buffet in Coralville and then head to the University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum for their new exhibit “ART|IOWA: INSPIRED BY LANDSCAPE”. This special exhibit explores a wide variety of artworks to provoke questions such as: How has the Iowa landscape, its people and sense of place influenced artists who create art in Iowa? and What is Iowa’s current art culture?. The exhibit displays works of art from the Meskwaki people of Iowa; works by Grant Wood, the iconic regionalist painter of American Gothic; as well as works from contemporary Iowa artists featured on the University of Iowa’s Daily Palette. Most importantly Fertility, one of Wood’s works on display, features an adaption of the American Gothic House!

The trip fee will be $39.50, which includes transportation, lunch, and admission. Transportation will be provided by Jaybird Bus, LLC.

Registrations will be taken on a first come, first served basis so register early! I think this will be a great adventure and a great way to learn about Grant Wood! And because Fertility also includes our own American Gothic House, I have been asked to give a gallery talk about the work a few weeks before our visit. I’ll be able to learn all about the exhibit before our trip!

Holly Berg

American Gothic House Center

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