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Arizona New Deal Art

Post Office Artwork n Arizona – Most of the Post Office works of art were funded through commissions under the Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture (later known as The Section of Fine Arts) and not the WPA.

“Often mistaken for WPA art, post office murals were actually executed by artists working for the Section of Fine Arts. Commonly known as “the Section,” it was established in 1934 and administered by the Procurement Division of the Treasury Department. Headed by Edward Bruce, a former lawyer, businessman, and artist, the Section’s main function was to select art of high quality to decorate public buildings if the funding was available. By providing decoration in public buildings, the art was made accessible to all people.” from “Articles from EnRoute : Off The Wall: New Deal Post Office Murals” by Patricia Raynor

Unless indicated, works of art are located in the US Post Office building.

 

Location 
 
Artist 
 
Title 
 
Date 
 
Medium 
 
Flagstaff 
 
Robert Kittredge 
 
“Arizona Logging” 
 
1940 
 
plaster relief
(moved) 

Phoenix,
Post Office and Courthouse 

Oscar E. Berninghaus 
 
“Communication during Period of Exploration, ” “Pioneer Communication,” and “Early Spanish Discover Pueblo Indian” 
 
1938 
 
oil on canvas (3 panels) 
 
Phoenix,
Post Office and Courthouse 

LaVerne Black 
 
“Historical Development” and “The Progress of the Pioneer” 
 
1938 
 
murals along north and south walls 
 
Safford 
 
Seymour Fogel 
 
“History of the Gila Valley” 
 
1942 
 
tempera on gesso and plaster (6 panels) 
 
Springerville,
Post Office and Forestry Building 

Robert Kittredge 
 
“Apache Chiefs Geronimo and Vittorio” 
 
1939 
 
plaster relief 
 

 

All mural images depicted on this site are used with permission the United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.