The District has moved Grant Wood’s “Kanesville” mural from the Educational Service Center to a new home in the Washington High School art gallery.
The mural is the first artwork to hang in Washington’s newly constructed art gallery. The gallery, built to commemorate the high school’s upcoming 50th anniversary in 2007, will eventually be home to additional Wood paintings, as well as works by Marvin Cone, another Washington graduate. The art gallery features its own heating and cooling unit, as well as a state-of-the-art security system.
Iowa native Grant Wood graduated from the old Washington High School in 1910. He taught art in the District from 1919 to 1925. Wood painted the “Kanesville” mural in 1927 as décor for a Council Bluffs hotel. It was later owned privately before being donated to the District in 2000. The District owns 32 Wood originals. The entire District art collection, with more than 400 total pieces, is valued in excess of $4 million.