Lecture will shed light on Grant Wood's work across Iowa

Photo circa 1920, in the hotel where Grant Wood painted his murals.

"American Gothic" is perhaps Grant Wood's most acclaimed painting, but he's well known for works all across the state of Iowa.

In the late 1920's, he created several stunning murals and chandeliers in Eugene Eppley's Chieftain Hotel.

On Sunday, April 14, you can learn more about Wood's time in western Iowa.

"We have a lot of people that come through here that are Grant Wood aficionados and this is part of their entire Grant Wood tour," said Holly Berg, Administrator at The American Gothic House. "We have a lot of people that go to Anamosa and to Cedar Rapids and to here on a little Grant Wood Mecca trip and more and more, we're hearing about people also going to Council Bluffs to see the work there so I think it'll be a great way to collaborate with Council Bluffs and to get some of their information here and some of our information out to them, as well."

The lecture is sponsored by The American Gothic House and the Ottumwa Area Arts Council and is free for anyone to attend. The event will be held at 2 p.m. at Eldon Library Hall at 608 West Elm Street in Eldon. Two representatives from the Bluffs Art Council will be on hand to share more about Grant Wood's time in the town.

If you have any questions, you can call (641) 652-3352, or e-mail The Gothic House at