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Nebraska New Deal Art

Post Office New Deal Artwork WPA Art in Nebraska – 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
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
Albion Jenne Magafan “Winter in Nebraska” 1939 oil on canvas
Auburn Ethel Magafan “Threshing” 1938 oil on canvas
Crawford G. Glenn Newell “The Crossing” 1940 oil on canvas
Geneva Edward Chavez “Building a Sod House” 1941 oil on canvas
Hebron Eldora Lorenzini “Stampeding Buffaloes Stopping the Train” 1939 oil on canvas
Minden William E.L. Bunn “Military Post on the Overland Trail” 1939 oil on canvas
Ogallala Frank Mechau “Long Horns” 1938 oil on canvas
O’Neil Eugene Trentham “Bailing Hay in Holt County in the Early Days” 1938 oil on canvas
Pawnee City Kenneth Evett “The Auction” 1942 oil on canvas
Red Cloud Archie Musick “Loading Cattle,” “Stockade Builders,” and “Moving Westward” 1941 oil on canvas
Schuyler Philip von Saltza “Wild Horses by Moonlight” 1940 oil on canvas
Valentine Kady Faulkner “End of the Line” 1939 oil on plaster


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