Overalls All Over: A Grant Wood Experience Public Art Project to Mark Grant Wood’s 125 Birthday in 2016

Overalls All Over: A Grant Wood Experience Public Art Project to Mark Grant Wood’s 125 Birthday in 2016

June 19, 2015 | News, Press Release | No Comments

Overalls-All-Over-Logo-rgb-headerCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – On the eve of Grant Wood’s 125th birthday and the 15th anniversary of the Overalls All Over public art project in Cedar Rapids, local organizations are working together to bring visitors to Eastern Iowa during the summer of 2016.

The Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District, NewBo City Market, Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and Black Earth Gallery are developing Overalls All Over: A Grant Wood Experience, a place making project to engage residents and attract visitors to the Main Street District and greater community through the celebration of Cedar Rapids’ unique artistic heritage.

The Overalls All Over project will include approximately 30-40 life-sized 6’ fiberglass statues depicting the farmer and daughter from the American Gothic painting. It is one of the most familiar images in 20thcentury American art and painted at 5 Turner Alley in Cedar Rapids. Local artists will create unique designs for each statue.

Statues will be on parade from May through September 2016, culminating at the NewBo Arts Festival on Labor Day Weekend. The locations of these statues will be promoted as fun photo opportunities and both print and digital maps will direct visitors through the area. Local, regional and national media coverage will be sought to publicize this event. Statue sponsors will be sought to assist with funding the project.

In addition to the Overalls All Over statue parade, two other events will be incorporated into this event.

  • Plein Air All Over: In the French tradition, participants will be able to create art out in the open air at locations that are famed to be where Grant Wood painted his works of art. This event is planned for July/August 2016.
  • Art All Over: Using a tactical urbanism technique, temporary art galleries will be installed in underutilized land throughout the Czech Village New Bohemia Main Street District. This exhibition will encourage connectivity in the District spanning both sides of the river, while beautifying vacant areas during the summer of 2016.

Call for Artists Overalls

All Over is seeking artists to transform each American Gothic statue into something unique and beautiful. Iowa Artists are especially encouraged to apply. Additional information is available at www.croveralls.com or by contacting croveralls@gmail.com.

Call for Events

The Overalls All Over: A Grant Experience is one of many events expected to celebrate Grant Wood’s legacy in the Cedar Rapids area in 2016. Organizations or individuals planning a Grant Wood related event are asked to email details to croveralls@gmail.com for potential inclusion in promotional materials.

Overalls All Over

The Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District, NewBo City Market, Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Black Earth Gallery are working together to celebrate Grant Wood’s legacy utilizing the theme of the American Gothic portrait as a celebration of Grant Wood’s 125th birthday by creating an engaging experience in which organizations, businesses, and attractions throughout the Cedar Rapids area can participate. This event will attract visitors from across the region, state and nation. www.croveralls.com

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