Come to Eldon, Iowa and view the exterior of the house that inspired Grant Wood to paint American Gothic, one of the most recognized paintings in the world. Tour the adjacent American Gothic House Center which showcases Grant Wood’s life and the history of the house. Props on hand encourage visitors to pose in front of the historic American Gothic House and create their own unique American Gothic portrait. Admission to the Center is free.



May 10

Printmaking at the American Gothic House

colin printmaker

DIY Etching Led by Colin Lyons: Grant Wood Fellow, University of Iowa May 27, 2017 from 12-3 pm.  Inspired by Grant Wood's interest in printmaking and landscape, this 3-hour intensive workshop will introduce participants to the basics of etching, using readily available, DIY materials and processes.  Within the open-air setting outside the American Gothic

Apr 27

Art Contest

2006 1st Place Adult

Sponsored by The Ottumwa Area Arts Council  Friday June 9th – Sunday June 11th Celebrate the beautiful and unique house that inspired Grant Wood’s American Gothic. Enter your artwork in one of five divisions to win a cash prize for first and second place in your division. All media (except photography) are excepted, submissions


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American Gothic House Center
Administrator: Sarah Camp

300 American Gothic St
Eldon, IA 52554

Phone: 641.652.3352