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Kentucky New Deal Art

Post Office Artwork in Kentucky – 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

New Deal/WPA Art in Kentucky – Unless indicated, works of art are located in the US Post Office building.

Location Artist Title Date Medium
Anchorage Loren R. Fisher “Meeting the Train” 1942 oil on canvas
Berea Frank Long “Berea Commencement in the Old Days” 1940 tempera on plaster
Bowling Green,
Post Office and Courthouse
Edward laning “The Long Hunters Discover Daniel Boone” 1942 mural
Campbellsville Bert Mullins “Agriculture in Kentucky” and “General Zachary Taylor” 1940 mural (destroyed)
Corbin Alice Dineen “The Dark and Bloody Ground” 1940 oil on canvas
Post Office and Courthouse
Carl L. Schmitz “Horsebreeding” and “Tobacco” 1940 limestone reliefs
Post Office and Courthouse
Romuald Kraus “Justice” 1942 bronze
Flemingsburg Lucile Blanch “Crossing to the Battle of Blue Licks” 1943 oil on canvas
Fort Thomas Lucienne Bloch “General G. H. Thomas and Philip Sheridan” 1942 tempera
Greenville Allan Gould “Source of Power” 1940 oil on canvas
(6 panels)
Hardinsburg Nathaniel Koffman “Kentucky Homestead” 1942 mural
Harrodsburg (newly rediscovered) Orville Carroll (5 murals), Charles Goodwin (1) “Frontier Life in Kentucky” 1941 murals
Hickman William E. L. Bunn “Mississippi Packets” 1940 oil on plaster
Hodgenville Schomer Lichtner “Hodgen’s Mill” 1943 oil on canvas
Jenkins (missing since PO renovations in the late 1970′s)* F. Jean Thalinger “Miner” and “Daughter” 1943 terra-cotta reliefs
Post Office and Courthouse
Ward Lockwood “Daniel Boone’s Arrival in Kentucky” 1938 oil on canvas
Post Office and Courthouse
Frank W. Long activities of the region 1937 tempera on gesso
(10 panels) (Funded by TRAP)
Morehead Frank W. Long “The Rural Free Delivery” 1939 oil on canvas
Morganfield Bert Mullins “Rural Free Delivery” 1939 mural
Post Office and Courthouse
John Folinsbee “River” and “Early Town” 1939 oil on canvas
Pineville Edward B. Fern “Kentucky Mountain Mail en Route” 1942 oil on canvas
Princeton Robert Purdy “Kentucky Tobacco Field” 1938 oil on canvas
Springfield Richard Davis “Signing of the Marriage Contract of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks,” “Kentucky Pioneer,” and “Wood Chopper” 1941 limestone reliefs
Williamsburg Alois Fabry “Floating Horses down the Cumberland River” 1939 tempera
Williamstown Romuald Kraus “In Kentucky” 1942 terra-cotta relief

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