I’m sure everyone has heard of the WPA from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s term in office. It helped bring an end to the “Great Depression”. What I never knew until recently is that there was a lot of artwork done under the Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture. Most of this artwork was done in post offices and courthouses that the WPA built. Some of these have been lost when the post offices were closed. Some of them were transferred to museums.
There was an article back in 1999 in the Austin Chronicle that tells about this artwork.
I’ve recently started looking for these during my travels. Here are the ones I’ve found so far.
I recently tried to take pictures of some art in a foyer of a federal courthouse. I was told a camera was not allowed. I wonder if I just had a cellphone that took pictures if I could then do it?
A listing is online at Living New Deal, but this is not a complete listing. If you know of a WPA location not shown on the listing you can submit it and get it listed.