Program to look at the life of iconic Iowa artist

The life of iconic Iowa artist Grant Wood will be discussed at a show featuring Tom Milligan this weekend.

Milligan will present “Grant Wood: Prairie Rebel” on Saturday at Mulberry Center Church in Wilson Brewer Park, 220 Ohio St., Webster City. In a 45-minute, one-man show, Milligan portrays Wood and chats with the audience. He tells visitors about his life and his work. Following the show, Milligan will host a question and answer session.

Milligan has been performing the show for 18 years. He partially attributed his long history with the show due to what he called its great script. Milligan also said he relates to Wood. The play includes information about Wood’s struggles as an artist. Milligan said people told Wood that to be a successful artist, he would have to move to the coast. Milligan relates to Wood in that he honed his career right in Iowa.

“If Grant Wood were alive today, I think he and I would be very good friends,” Milligan said.

Milligan, an award winning actor, is hosting the show in Webster City through Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Having visited Webster City several times during his career, Milligan said he’s looking forward to the upcoming show.

“I think it’s a great show, and I think if people haven’t seen it, they can come out and see it on Saturday,” Milligan said.

There is no cost to attend the event.