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Connecticut New Deal Art

Post Office New Deal Artwork - 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
Bridgeport Arthur Covey “Bridgeport Manufacturing” 1936 oil on canvas – three panels
Bridgeport Robert L. Lambdin “Stagecoach and Modern Transportation” 1936 oil on canvas – three panels
Clinton William Meyerowitz “The Post Road in Connecticut” 1937 oil on canvas
Fairfield Alice Flint “Tempora Mutantur et Nos Mutamur in Illis” 1938 oil on canvas
Greenwich Victoria Hutson Huntley “Old Days in Greenwich” 1939 oil on canvas
Hartford,
East Hartford Branch
Alton Tobey “The Stop of Hooker’s Band in East Hartford before Crossing the River” 1940 tempera (damaged;
half of mural remains)
Lakeville George R. Cox “Ethan Allen in Forge Making Cannon Balls” 1942 oil on canvas
Madison William Abbott Cheever “Gathering Seaweed from the Sound” 1940 oil on canvas
New Haven, West Haven Branch Elizabeth Shannon Phillips “Fording of the West River to Settle West Haven” 1938 oil on canvas
New Haven, Westville Postal Station Karl Anderson “Pursuit of the Regicides” 1939 oil on canvas
New London Tom La Farge “Early Morning,” “Cutting-In,” and “Aloft” 1938 oil on canvas – six panels
New Milford
(now the Administrative Offices for Public Schools)
Mildred Jerome “The Post” 1938 wood relief
Norwalk Arnold Blanch “Building Norwalk” 1938 oil on canvas
Norwich George Kanelous “Taking Up Arms – 1776″ 1940 egg tempera on gesso
Oakville Theodore C. Barbarossa “The Picnickers” 1941 wood relief
Portland Austin Mecklem “Shade Grown Tobacco” 1942 oil on canvas
Shelton Frede Vidar “River Landscape” 1940 oil on canvas
South Norwalk,
Post Office and Courthouse
Gaetano Cecere “Eagle” 1938 sculpture
South Norwalk,
Post Office and Courthouse
Kindred McLeary “Present Products of South Norwalk,” “Past Products of South Norwalk,” “Indians Instructing Pioneers in Forest Lore, Bays and Oyster Fishing,” and “Old Well” 1941 tempera
(“Old Well” destroyed
in 1963 renovation of building)
Southington Ann Hunt Spencer “Romance of Southington” 1942 oil on canvas
Thomaston Suzanne and Lucerne McCullough “Early Clock Making” 1939 oil on canvas
Thompsonville Saul Berman “Thompsonville, Connecticut” 1938 oil on canvas
Torrington (moved to new USPS building)* Arthur Covey “Episodes in the Life of John Brown” 1937 oil on canvas – four panels
Windsor Nena de Brennecke “Stringing,” “Transplanting,” and “Harvesting” 1943 wood
Winsted Amy Jones “Lincoln’s Arbiter Settles the Winsted Post Office Controversy” 1938 oil on canvas

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

  • According to a news article, “When the new United States Post Office was built in Torrington, the murals that were painted for the Post Office built in the ’30s were preserved and transferred on to the walls of the new Post Office.” – new post office location: Torrington Main Office, 185 E Elm St, Torrington, CT 06790.

 

Bridgeport – Normal School and the Protestant Orphanage – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Darien – High School and the Hindley School – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

East Haven – Tuttle School – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Fairfield – Roger Ludlowe High School – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Greenwich -Mural may not be welcomed back to school” in The Stamford Advocate By Keach Hagey, Staff Writer (June 4, 2006) – article on “Greenwich debates whether to return ‘violent’ mural to school.” It is James Daugherty’s 1935 mural entitled “The Life and Times of General Israel Putham of Connecticut.” Originally painted for the Greenwich Town Hall, according to the article it was displayed for nearly 60 years in the Hamilton Avenue School in Greenwich. It was removed in 1998 and restored. It is now in the Greenwich Library but is scheduled to return to the Hamilton Avenue School when its renovation is completed. Public debate continues about whether or not the cleaned and restored mural is too violent for school children to gaze upon (burning at the stake, tomahawks, deadly wolves). - information courtesy of Kathleen Ryan

Hamden – High School – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Hartford – Children’s Village Hospital, Dwight School, William Hall High School, Juvenile Court, Kinsella School, Northwest School – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Mansfield – Mansfield State Hospital for Defectives – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Mansfield Depot - State Training School and Hospital – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Milford – Myrtle Beach Fire House – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

New Britain - Nathan Hale Jr. High School, New Britain High School plus article by Lois Blomstrann

New Canaan – Carter Street School, New Canaan High School – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

New Haven – County Jail, Ivy Street School – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

New London Coast Guard Academy – mural (Treasury Department funding) (from “Federal Art in New England”)

New Milford – High School – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Norwalk, Connecticut -
Norwalk Transit - An extensive online collection of over 40 pieces of WPA & WPA era art in Norwalk, CT. (http://www.norwalktransit.com)
Center Junior High School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Benjamin Franklin Junior High School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Norwalk High School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Salisbury – High School – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Shelton – High School – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Stamford -
Housing Project - Treasury Department Art Project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Cove School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Stamford High School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”) - Music Room, “American Rhythm” (1934) by James H. Daugherty
Julia Stark School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Willard School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Stratford – Town Hall - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

West Hartford - William Hall High School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

West Haven – Fire House - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Weston -
Horace Hurlburt School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Weston Public School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Weston School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Westport -
Bedford Elementary School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Green’s Farms School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Staples High School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Town Hall - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Wethersfield -
Wethersfield School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Wethersfield School Board - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Winsted – Central School – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

The Life and Art of Alton S. Tobey
A comprehensive site devoted to the artist Alton S. Tobey (http://www.altontobey.com/index.html)