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Maine New Deal Art

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

Location Artist Title Date Medium
Dexter Elliott Means “News for the Woodsman” 1941 wood relief
Dover-Foxcroft Barstow Greenbie “River Driving” 1940 oil on canvas
Ellsworth
(now in City Hall)
Alzira Peirce “Ellsworth, Lumber Port” 1938 oil on canvas
Fairfield Josseph Walter “A Letter” 1939 plaster relief
Farmington Hetty Beatty “Lillian Nordica” 1938 wood relief
Kennebunk Edith C. Barry “The Arrival of the First Letter – Kennebunk Post Office from Falmouth – June 14, 1775″ 1939 oil on canvas
Kennebunkport Elizabeth Tracey “Bathers” 1941 mural (painted over and replaced in 1944)
Mullinocket John W. Beauchamp “Logging in the Maine Woods” 1942 oil on canvas
Norway Margaret Vincent “Jacob Howe, First Post Rider” 1942 wood relief
Portland Henry Mattson “The Sea” and “The Rocky Coast of Maine” 1937 oil on canvas
Portland, South Portland Branch Alzira Peirce “Shipwreck at Night” 1939 oil on canvas
Westbrook Waldo Peirce “Woodsmen in the Woods of Maine” 1937 oil on canvas

 

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