Celebrating Grant Wood with Cedar Valley Libraries


Last summer, at the 2016 Black Hawk County Fair, fair goers and 4-H members participated in a group project of re-creating Grant Wood’s ‘Young Corn’ painting.

Grant Wood was originally from Anamosa, Iowa. He was famous for his rural-inspired paintings. The original ‘Young Corn’ is currently displayed at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

The original work of art was divided into 80 pieces using a grid pattern. Artists of all ages and experience levels selected a piece of the grid and recreated the image with pastel on a provided tile. Once all images were transferred to the tiles, pieces were glued to a self-standing frame to create a 4-H-made mosaic of the famous painting.

The piece has been on display at the Black Hawk County Extension Office since July 2016. The new year brings a new location for the project. The Cedar Falls Public Library, on Main Street Cedar Falls, will be hosting the painting & display board for the month of January.

Swing by the library to check out Black Hawk County 4-H’s Display and to grab a new read!



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