Did You Know? 1996.

Grant Wood – Iowa’s Iconic Artist.

In 1996, Grant Wood’s “Young Corn” (1931) appeared on the Iowa State Sesquicentennial USPS stamp.

Grant DeVolson Wood was born on a farm located four miles east of Anamosa, Iowa on February 13, 1891, the son of Francis M. Wood and Hattie (Weaver) Wood. When Grant was ten years old, his father died, and Hattie moved with her four children to Cedar Rapids. While attending school, Wood worked at odd jobs, including apprenticing in a local metal shop, to help support his family. On occasion, Grant entered art competitions, and in 1905, his drawing of oak leaves took third place in a national contest sponsored by Crayola.


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