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Kansas Post Office 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
Anthony Joe Jones “Turning a Corner” 1939 oil on canvas
Augusta Donald Silks “A Kansas Gusher” 1940 oil on canvas
Belleville Birger Sandzen “Kansas Stream” 1939 oil on canvas
Burlington Robert Kittredge “Boy and Colt” 1942 stone
Caldwell Kenneth Evett “Cowboys Driving Cattle” 1941 tempera
Columbus Waylande Gregory “R.F.D.” 1940 terra-cotta relief (crated in basement)
Council Grove Charles B. rogers “Autumn Colors” 1941 oil on canvas (partly covered)
Eureka Vance Kirkland “Cattle Roundup” 1938 oil on canvas
Fort Scott Oscar E. Berninghaus “Border Gateways” 1937 oil on canvas
Fredonia Lenore Thomas “Delivery of Mail to the Farm” 1939 glazed terra cotta
Goodland Kenneth M. Adams “Rural Free Delivery” 1937 oil on canvas
Halstead Birger Sandzen “Where Kit Carson Camped” 1941 oil on canvas
Herrington H. Louis Freund “Arrival of the First Train in Herington – 1885″ 1937 oil on canvas
Hoisington Dorothea Tomlinson “Wheat Center” 1938 oil on canvas
Horton Kenneth Evett “Picnic in Kansas” and “Changing Horses for the Pony Express” 1939 oil on canvas
Hutchinson Lumen Martin Winter “Threshing in Kansas” 1942 mural
Kingman Jessie S. Wilbur “In the Days of the Cattlemen’s Picnic” 1942 tempera
Lindsborg Birger Sandzen “Smoky River” 1938 oil on canvas
Neodesha Bernard J. Steffen “Neodesha’s First Inhabitants” 1938 oil on wood
Olathe Albert T. Reid “The Mail Must Go Through” 1940 oil on canvas
Oswego Robert E. Larter “Farm Life” 1940 oil on canvas
Russell Martyl Schweig “Wheat Workers” 1940 oil on canvas
Sabetha Albert T. Reid “The Hare and the Tortoise” 1937 oil on canvas
Post Office and Courthouse
Carl C. Mose “Land” and “Communication” 1940 sculpture
Seneca Joe Jones “Men and Wheat” 1940 oil on canvas
Wichita Richard Haines “Kansas Farming” 1936 oil on canvas
Wichita Ward Lockwood “Pioneer in Kansas” 1936 oil on canvas

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

Democratic Vistas:Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal
by Marlene Park & Gerald E. Markowitz



Kansas Post Offices & WPA Murals” has photos and articles about Kansas post office murals located at:
(thanks to Mary Lynne Ellis for sending this link!)