We Wish The Stage Wood Come

Statue Name: We Wish The Stage Wood Come

Sponsor: Wells Fargo Bank

Artists: Terri Willits

Location: Off Display

American Gothic was submitted to the 1930 annual exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, where it won a bronze medal and a $300 prize. But that’s not all. The Art Institute acquired the piece for its collection. From there, a picture of the prize-winning painting ran in the Chicago Evening Post, then in newspapers across the U.S., gaining fame and popularity with each printing. Eighty-five years later, American Gothic still calls the Art Institute home. (More facts here.)


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