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Arkansas New Deal Art

New Deal/WPA Art in Arkansas - 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
Benton
(now Federal Building)
Julius Woeltz “The Bauxite Mines” 1942 mural
Berryville Daniel Olney “Man and Woman, Arkansas” 1940 sculpture
Clarksville Mary M. Purser “How Happy Was the Occasion” 1939 (missing)
Dardanelle,
Post Office and Agriculture Building
Ludwig Mactarian “Cotton Growing, Manufacture and Export” 1939 oil on canvas
De Queen Henry Simon “Wild Life Conservation in Arkansas” 1942 oil on canvas
De Witt William Traher “Portrait of Contemporary De Witt” 1941 oil on canvas (3 panels)
Heber Springs H. Louis Freund “From Timber to Agriculture” 1939 oil on canvas
Lake Village Avery Johnson “Lake Country Wild Life” 1941 oil on canvas
Magnolia Joe Jones “Threshing” 1938 oil on canvas
Monticello Berta Margoulies “Tomato Culture” 1941 three terra-cotta reliefs
Morrilton Richard Sargent “Men at Rest” 1939 oil on canvas
Nashville John T. Robertson “Peach Growing” 1939 oil on canvas
Osceola Orville Carroll “Early Settlers of Osceola” 1939 mural
Paris Joseph P. Vorst “Rural Arkansas” 1940 oil on canvas
Piggot,
Post Office and Agriculture Building
Dan Rhodes “Air Mail” 1941 oil on canvas
Pocahontas H. Louis Freund “Early Days and First Post Office in Pocahontas” 1939 mural
Siloam Springs Bertrand R. Adams “Lumbering in Arkansas” 1940 oil on canvas
Springdale Natalie S. Henry “Local Industries” 1940 mural
Van Buren E. Martin Hennings “The Chosen Site” 1940 oil on canvas
Wynne Ethel Magafan “Cotton Pickers” 1940 oil on canvas

You can get an informative map entitled “A New Deal for Arkansas: Depression-Era Properties on the National Register of Historic Places” by writing to: the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 or email info@arkansaspreservation.org.


This is a great page on Arkansas post offices: Arkansas Post Office Mural Project