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.
|Aberdeen||Henri Brenner||“Communication”||1938||plaster relief (missing)|
|Avery Johnson||“Incidents in the History of Catonsville”||1942||oil on canvas (several panels – some missing)|
|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.