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New Deal WPA Art in Ohio

Post Office Artwork in Ohio - 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
Ada Albert Kotin “Country Dance” 1940 oil on canvas
Amherst Michael Loew “Pioneers Crossing the Ohio River” 1941 oil on canvas
Barnesville Michael Loew “Airmail” 1937 oil on canvas
Bedford Karl Anderson “Drift toward Industrialism” 1937 oil on canvas
Bellevue Paul Meltsner “Ohio” 1937 mural
Bluffton Sante Graziani “Joseph Deford and Hist Friends Building the First Cabin in Bluffton” 1941 oil on canvas
Bridgeport Richard Kenah “Ohio Harvest” 1940 oil on canvas
Caldwell Robert L. Lepper “Noble County – Ohio” 1938 tempera
Campbell Joseph Walter “Iron and Steel Industry” 1941 terra-cotta relief
Federal Building
Glenn M. Shaw “Steel Industry” 1934-37 mural
(funded by Section and TRAP)
13 panels
Chagrin Falls Moissaye Marans “Stone Quarries” 1943 wood
Chardon George A. Picken “Maple Sugar Camp” 1942 oil on canvas
Cincinnati John F. Holmes, Paul Chidlaw, Frederick Springer, and Richard Zoellner “Landmarks of Cincinnati” no date mural
(funded by TRAP)
Main Post Office
Jack J. Greitzer “Post Office Interiors” 1936 oil on canvas,
two panels
Pearlbrook Postal Station
Richard Zoellner “Ore Docks and Steel Mills” 1938 mural
University Center Branch
Clarence Zyuld and John Czosz historical and modern scenes of Cleveland 1937 (funded by TRAP) – six panels
Clyde William M. Krusen “Agriculture” 1939 wood
Coldwater Joep Nicolas “Coldwater Activities” 1942 oil on canvas
Crestline Gifford Beal “The Crossroads – Crestline” 1943 oil on canvas
Crooksville Thomas G. Lo Medico “Potter” 1939 terra-cotta relief
Dennison Edmund J. Sawyer “Passenger Pigeon” 1940 oil on canvas
East Liverpool (building now the East Liverpool Museum of Ceramics) Roland Schweinsburg “Old Bennett Pottery Plant” no date mural
(funded by TRAP)
East Palestine Rolf Stoll “Early East Palestine and R. Rhett Chamberlain’s Post Office and Warehouse” 1937 oil on canvas
Eaton Roland Schweinsburg “Van Ausdal’s Trading Post” 1939 oil on canvas
Fairborn (formerly Osborn) Henry Simon “Wright Brothers in Ohio” 1941 oil on canvas
Gambier Norris W. Rahming “Bishop P. Chase Selects Site of Kenyon College” 1943 oil on canvas
Geneva William Sommer “Rural Homestead” 1939 oil on canvas
Georgetown Richard Zoellner “Tobacco Harvest” 1938 oil on canvas
Girard John E. Costigan “Workers of the Soil” 1938 mural (destroyed)
Granville Wendell Jones “First Pulpit in Granville” 1938 oil on canvas
Hamilton Richard Zoellner “Fort Hamilton,” “Agriculture,” and “Industries of Hamilton” 1934 mural (funded by TRAP) six panels
Hubbard Hubert Mesibov “Steel Industry” 1941 oil on canvas
Leetonia Lenore Thomas “Industries and Agriculture of Leetonia” 1941 terra-cotta relief
Loudonville Rudolf Henn “the Mailman” 1938 plaster
Louisville Herschel Levit “Farm and Mill” 1941 tempera
McConnellsville Sally F. Haley “Mail – The Connecting Link” 1938 oil on canvas
Marysville James Egleson “The Farmer” 1940 fresco
Maumee Rudolph Scheffler “Communication” 1938 oil on canvas
Medina Richard Zoellner “Gathering the Apple Crop” 1938 oil on canvas (destroyed)
Miamisburg Leo Schulemowitz “Indian and Trader” 1942 wood relief
Middleport Clara Fasano “The Family” 1939 plaster relief
Montpelier Leonard Ahneman “Harvest, the Annal of America” 1941 oil on canvas
Mount Gilead Julius Wyhof “Pioneering to Progress” 1938 oil on canvas
Newcomerstown Cesare Stea “Men and Machines” 1939 plaster bas-relief
New Concord Clyde Singer “Skaters” 1941 oil on canvas
New Lexington Isabel Bishop “Great Men Came from the Hills” 1938 oil on canvas
New London Lloyd R. Ney “New London Facets” 1940 oil on canvas
Oak Harbor Clarence Zuelch “Early Oak Harbor” 1940 oil on canvas
Orville Aldo Lazzarini “Judge Smith Orr and Robert Taggard Planning the New Settlement of Orville – 1852″ 1937 oil on canvas
Paulding Charles Umlauf “Industry” 1940 carved mahogany bas-relief
Perrysburg Glenn M. Shaw “Building of Fort Meigs 1813″ 1942 oil on canvas
Pomeroy Seth M. Velsey “Coal” and “Salt” 1940 wood reliefs
Portsmouth Clarence Carter “Characteristic Local Scenes in Portsmouth” 1938 oil on canvas,
four panels
Portsmouth Richard Zoellner “Waterfront” and “Coal Barges” 1937 oil on canvas
Ravenna Clarence Carter “Early Ravenna” 1936 oil on canvas
Springfield H. H. Wessel “Printing in Springfield” and manufacture of farm implements 1937 mural
Struthers W. Bimel Kehm “Citizens” 1940 plaster
Sylvania Melik Finkle “Tribolites” 1940 plaster relief
Tipp City Herman Zimmerman “Construction of Miami-Erie Canal in Miami City” 1940 tempera
Upper Sandusky Alois Fabry “The Mail” 1937 oil on canvas
Wadsworth F. Thornton Martin “They Came as Wadsworth’s First Settlers after the War of 1812″ 1938 oil on canvas
Wapakoneta Joseph Limarzi “Wapakoneta and American History” 1937 mural
Warren Glenn M. Shaw “Romance of Steel, Old” and “Romance of Steel, Modern” 1938 oil on canvas
Wauseon Jack J. Greitzer “Cooperative Planning and Development of Wauseon” 1938 oil on canvas
Waverly Roy Best “Arrival of Packet” 1942 oil on canvas
Westerville Olive Nuhfer “The Daily Mail” 1937 oil on canvas
Willard Mitchell Jamieson “The Roundhouse” 1941 oil on canvas
Willoughby Sterling B. Smeltzer “White Man’s First Sight of Lake Erie” 1938 oil on canvas (missing?)
Woodsfield Joseph Stott “The Clearing” 1941 wood
Worthington Vernon T. Carlock “Scioto Company Settler” c. 1939 terra-cotta relief
Yellow Springs Axel Horn “Yellow Springs – Preparation for Lifework” 1941 oil on canvas

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


Cincinnati, OH – Lunken Airport
Cleveland, OH
Columbus, OH – The Schiller Collection, the Columbus Museum
Dayton, OH
Greenhills, OH – a WPA planned community
Ohio Post Office Artwork Collection *
Toledo, OH