In the fall of 2013 our Scholars created the first IHC campus-wide contest:
If Grant Wood were alive today, how would he depict a typical Iowa couple? How would that compare to the original couple represented in American Gothic?
The rules were quite simple:
Take a photo in front of the American Gothic-inspired statue on campus and show how you believe Grant Wood would portray a modern Iowa couple.
Along with your photo submission include a brief essay explaining your photo.
- Your photo must be original
- One person must be holding an object; anything else can be changed
- One two people may be featured in the modern depiction of American Gothic
- Do not climb on the statue!
- It is not necessary that the person entering the submission be in the picture; but the award will only be given to the person who makes the submission
- Include two photographs one with the entire statue visible and one close up with some of the statue visible
- Your depiction must be recognizable as a variation of American Gothic
- 500-720 word essay, double-spaces with Turabian formatting
- This essay must include two main points.
- 1. Examine Iowa history in the time period when American Gothic was painted; how did it influence Grant Wood?
- 2. Explain your modern depiction of the American Gothic and what influenced your rendering.
- Plagiarism will not be tolerated; your essay must be original work
- Only currently enrolled Simpson students may participate in the contest
We awarded the $100 prize to Alec McIntosh on November 5 at the IHC Speaker Series event featuring Dr. Wanda Corn discussing the evolution of the American Gothic image.