Grant Wood, a pioneer of the American Regionalism art movement painted some of his most famous works at his studio, 5 Turner Alley.
In 1924, Wood agreed to do carpentry work for the Turner Mortuary in exchange for free rent at the carriage house. This became Wood’s home and studio. He modified the space himself and lived at the location with his mother from 1924 to 1935.
Wood painted “American Gothic,” “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” “Woman with Plants,” “Daughters of the Revolution,” and “Dinner for Threshers” at the studio.
Visitors can watch a 23-minute film that overviews Wood’s life, along with a tour of the studio. Guests can stand in the same place Wood once stood and painted some of his greatest works.
The Cedar Rapids Art Museum is just three blocks away and contains the largest Grant Wood collection.
Know Before You Go
Parking is free. The studio is not handicap accessible and the stairs up to the studio are narrow and steep. Don't forget to visit the Cedar Rapids Art Museum.