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Montana New Deal Art

Post Office Artwork and WPA Art in Montana – 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
Billings,
Post Office and Courthouse
Leo J. Beaulaurier “Trailing Cattle” 1942 oil on canvas
Deer Lodge Verona Burkhard “James and Granville Stuart Prospecting in Deer Lodge Valley – 1858″ 1939 oil on canvas
Dillon Elizabeth Lochrie “News from the States” 1938 oil on canvas
Glasgow Forest Hill “Montana’s Progress” 1942 oil on canvas
Hamilton Henry Meloy “Flat Head War Party” 1942 oil on canvas
Sidney J. K. Ralston “General Sully at Yellowstone” 1942 oil on canvas

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


“Made in Montana: Montana’s Post Office Murals” by Elizabeth Mentzer, Montana: The Magazine of Western History, Vol. 53, Number 3 (Autumn 2003) article (pdf copy of article – 453kb) from  Butte Montana butteinfo.org