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New Mexico New Deal WPA Art

Post Office  Artwork in New Mexico - 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
Alamogordo Federal Building Peter Hurd “Sun and Rain,” “Sorghum,” and “Yucca” 1940 fresco
Albuquerque Loren Mozley “The Pueblo Rebellion of 1680″ no date oil on canvas (funded by TRAP)
Clovis Paul Lantz “New Mexican Town” 1937 oil on canvas (funded by TRAP)
Deming Kenneth M. Adams “Mountains and Yucca” 1937 oil on canvas
Portales Theodore Van Soelen “Buffalo Range” 1938 oil on canvas
(moved to unknown location)
Joseph A. Fleck “First Mail Crossing Raton Pass” 1936 mural (funded by TRAP)
Post Office and Courthouse
Emil Bisttram “Justice – Uphold the Right, Prevent the Wrong” 1936 mural
(funded by TRAP)
Santa Fe,
Federal Building and Courthouse
William H. Henderson title unknown (historic theme) no date mural
(funded by TRAP; begun under PWAP) – six panels
Truth or Consequences (formerly Hot Springs, NM) Boris Deutsch “Indian Bear Dance” 1940 oil on canvas


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