1891 – Born in Anamosa, Iowa on the 13th of February.
1901 – His family moved to Cedar Rapids after his father died.
1910 – He enrolled in art school in Minneapolis, and returned a year later to teach in a one-room schoolhouse.
1913 – He enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago and did some work as a silversmith.
1920-1928 – He made four trips to Europe, where he studied many styles of painting, especially impressionism.
1927 – Received a commission for a stained glass window memorializing the veterans of World War I to be installed in the Cedar Rapids City Hall.
1928 – He was strongly influenced by the sharp detail of 15th century German and Flemish paintings.
– He abandoned his Impressionist manner for the detailed, realistic manner for which he is known.
1924-1935 – He lived in the loft of a carriage house that he turned into his personal studio at "5 Turner Alley".
1930 – His American Gothic caused a sensation when exhibited.
1932 – He helped found the Stone City Art Colony near his hometown to help artists get through the Great Depression.
– He became a great proponent of regionalism in the arts, lecturing throughout the country on the topic.
1934 – He taught painting at the University of Iowa’s School of Art beginning, prompting his move to Iowa City.
1942 – On 12th of February, one day before his 51st birthday, Wood passed away at the university hospital.