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Maryland 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

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

Location Artist Title Date Medium
Aberdeen Henri Brenner “Communication” 1938 plaster relief (missing)
Catonsville Branch
Avery Johnson “Incidents in the History of Catonsville” 1942 oil on canvas (several panels – some missing)
Dundalk Branch
Harrison Gibbs “Welding” 1942 wood relief
Bel Air William H. Calfee “First Performance of Edwin Booth” 1938 oil on canvas
Bethesda Robert F. Gates “Montgomery County Farm Women’s Market” 1939 mural
Elkton Alexander B. Clayton “Arrival of the Post, 1780″ oil on canvas (in storage)
Ellicott City Peter DeAnna “Building of Ellicott Mills” and “Landscape of Ellicott City” 1942 oil on canvas
Hagerstown Frank Long “Transportation of the Mail” 1938 mural (3 panels)
Hyattsville Eugene Kingman “Hyattsville Countryside” 1938 mural
Laurel Mitchell Jamieson “Mail Coach at Laurel” 1939 mural
Oakland Robert F. Gates “Buckwheat Harvest” 1942 tempera
Pocomoke Perna Krick “Power of Communication” 1939 wood relief
Rockville Judson Smith “Sugarloaf Mountain” 1940 mural
Salisbury Jacob Getlar Smith “Cotton Patch,” “Stage at Byrd’s Inn,” and “Salisbury” 1939 oil on canvas
Silver Spring Nicolai Cikovsky “The Old Tavern” 1937 oil on canvas
Towson Nicolai Cikovsky “History of Transportation” 1939 tempera (5 panels)
Upper Marlboro Mitchell Jamieson “Tobacco Cutters” 1938 mural


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