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North Carolina 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

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

Location

Artist

Title

Date

Medium

Ahoskie

Julien Binford

“The Peanut Harvest”

no date

mural
(destroyed prior to 1970)*

Albemarle

Louis Ribak

“View Near Albemarle”

1939

mural
(destroyed)

Beaufort

Simka Simkhovitch

“Crissy Wright,” “Goose Decoys,” “Mail to Cape Lookout,” and “Sand Ponies”

1940

oil on canvas

Belmont

Peter DeAnna

“Major William Chronicle’s South Fork Boys”**

1940

oil on canvas

Boone

Alan Tompkins

“Daniel Boone on a Hunting Trip in Watuaga County”

1940

oil on canvas

Brevard

Pietro Lazzari

“Good News”

1941

glazed tempera

Burlington,
Federal Building

Arthur Leroy Bairnsfather

“Cotton Textiles” and “Historical Railroad Station”

1940

oil on canvas

Canton

Sam Bell

“Paper”

1940

terra-cotta reliefs (7 reliefs)

Chapel Hill

Dean Cornwell

“Laying the Cornerstone of Old East”

1941

oil on canvas

Concord

Edward Buk Ulreich

“The Spirit of North Carolina”

1942

mural (destroyed when the PO building was demolished in 1967)*

Dunn
(now used as
the Dunn Daily Record newspaper office)

Paul Rudin

“Cotton and Tobacco”

1939

relief

Eden
(formerly Leaksville)

Ruth Nickerson

“American Oriental Rug Weaving”

1941

glazed terra-cotta

Elkin

Anita Weschler

“Early Days at Elkin”

1939

sculpture

Forest City

Duane Champlain

“Rural Delivery”

1939

plaster relief

Gastonia

Francis Speight

“Cotton Field and Spinning Mill”

1938

oil on canvas

Hamlet

Nena de Brennecke

“Peaches,” “Drilling,” and “Dewberries”

1942

carved mahogany reliefs

Kings Mountain

Verona Burkhard

“Battle of Kings Mountain”

1941

mural

Laurinburg

Agnes Tait

“Fruits of the Land”

1941

oil on canvas

Lincolnton

Richard Jansen

“Threshing Grain”

1938

oil on canvas

Louisburg

Richard Kenah

“Tobacco Auction”

1939

oil on canvas

Madison

Jean Watson

“Early Summer in North Carolina”

1940

oil on canvas

Marion

Bruno Piccirilli

“Unity”

1939

sculpture

Mebane

Margaret C. Gates

“Landscape – Tobacco Curing”

1941

oil on canvas
(destroyed – copy by Henry D. Rodd installed in 1964)

Mooresville
(bldg now used as City School offices)***

Alicia Weincek

“North Carolina Cotton Industry”

1938

oil on canvas

Morganton

Dean Cornwell

“Sir Walter Raleigh” and “First Landing on North Carolina Shore”

1938

mural

New Bern,
Post Office & Courthouse

David Silvette

“The Bayard Singleton Case,” “First Printing Press in North Carolina (1749),” and “First Provincial Convention in North Carolina (1774)”

1938

oil on canvas

Red Springs

John W. de Groot

“War – The Battle of Little Raft Swamp,” “The Coming of the Scots,” and “Peace – Work and Knowledge”

1941

mural

Reidsville

Gordon Samstag

“Tobacco”

1938

oil on canvas

Roanoke Rapids

Charles W. Ward

“Cotton Pickers”

1938

mural (missing)

Rockingham

Edward Laning

“The Past as Connecting Thread in Human Life”

1937

oil on canvas triptych

Roxboro
(now in the Piedmont Technical Institute, Occupational Education Center)

Allan Gould

“Gathering Tobacco”

1938

mural

Sanford

Pietro Lazzari

“The Kinsfolk of Virginia Dare”

1938

mural

Siler City

Maxwell B. Starr

“Building the First House at Siler’s Crossroads”

1942

oil on canvas

Southern Pines

Josef Presser

“Southern Pines Idyll” (incorrectly listed in Democratic Vistas as“Horses”)****

1943

oil on canvas

Statesville,
Post Office and Courthouse

Sahl Swarz

“Freeman Prosper” and “Defend Freedom”

1948

freestanding wood
(located in courtroom)

Wake Forest

Harold G. Egan

“Richness of the Soil No. 2″

1941

mural

Wallace

G. Glenn Newell

“Daydreams”

1941

oil on canvas

Warrenton

Alice Dineen

“North Carolina Pastoral”

1938

oil on canvas

Weldon

Jean de Marco

“Early Childhood ofVirginia Dare”

1940

plaster relief

Whiteville
(moved to the lobby of the Auditorium on the campus of South East Community College in Whiteville)*

Roy Schatt

“Harvesting Tobacco”

1941

tempera

Williamston

Philip von Saltza

“First Flight of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk”

1940

oil on canvas

Wilmington

Thomas G. Lo Medico

“History and Present Day Themes Relating to Wilmington and Its Surroundings”

1937

plaster reliefs (7)

Wilmington

William F. Pfohl

“Port of Wilmington”

1940

oil on canvas

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

Source:
Democratic Vistas: Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal
by Marlene Park & Gerald E. Markowitz

*information courtesy of Jimmy Emerson

**The correct title contributed by David Ewing.

***The New Deal at Work in Mooresville - a comprehensive website on the progress and projects in Mooresville, NC, hosted by Cindy Jacobs.

****The correct title contributed by Michael Prosise, Historical Research Specialist, Do-You-Graphics, Archival Research Department