Pin It

Home » Oklahoma » New Deal WPA Art in Oklahoma

New Deal WPA Art in Oklahoma

Post Office Artwork in Oklahoma – 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
Anadarko Stephan Mopope scenes of Indian life 1937 tempera
Claremore Randall Davey “Will Rogers” 1939 tempera
Clinton Loren Mozley “Race for Land” 1938 oil on canvas
Coalgate Acee Blue Eagle Indian Family at routine tasks 1942 acrylic
(mural restored
by Fred Beaver)
Cordell Ila Turner McAfee “The Scene Changes” 1938 oil on canvas
Drumright Frank Long “Oklahoma Land Rush” 1941 oil on canvas
Edmond Ila Turner McAfee “Pre-Settlement Days” 1939 oil on canvas
Guyman Jay Risling “Harvest” 1939 (?) mural
Hollis Lloyd Goff “Planning the route” 1941 oil and egg tempera
(now Adminstrative Offices of Hugo School System, 208 N. 2nd St.)
Joseph A. Fleck “Chocktaw Indians See the First Mail Coach” 1938 oil on canvas
(moved to the Museum of the Red River)*
H. Louis Freund “The Last Home of the Choctaw Nation” 1940 oil on canvas
Madill Ethel Magafan “Prairie Fire” 1941 tempera
Marietta Solomon McCombs “Chicksaw Indian Family Making Pah Sho Fah” no date oil on canvas
(mural originally restored by Fred Beaver)
Marlow Lew E. Davis “Cattle Days” 1942 oil on canvas
Nowata Woodrow Crumbo “Rainbow Trail” 1943 tempera
Okemah Walter Richard (Dick) West “Grand Council of 1842″ 1941 tempera
Pawhuska Olive Rush “Osage Treaties” 1938 oil on canvas
(now in Perry Historial Museum)
Thomas M. Stell, Jr. “Range Branding Down by the Big Tank” 1941 oil on canvas
Poteau Joan Cunningham “Cotton” 1940 oil on canvas
Purcell Fred Conway “The Roundup” 1940 oil on canvas
Sayre Vance Kirkland “The Opening of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Country” 1940 oil on canvas
Seminole Acee Blue Eagle “Seminole Indian Village Scene” 1939 oil on canvas
Stillwater Grace L. Hamilton “Early Days in Payne County” no date oil on canvas
Stilwell Olga Mohr “Cherokee Indian Farming and Animal Husbandry” 1942 oil on canvas
Sulphur Albert T. Reid “Romance of the Mail” 1939 oil on canvas
(now First National Bank Accounting Center)
Manual A. Bromberg “Choctaw Ball-Play 1840″ 1939 oil on canvas
Post Office and Courthouse
Randall Davey “History of the Cherokee Nation” 1941 tempera
Watonga Edith Mahier “Roman Nose Canyon” 1941 oil on canvas
Waurika Theodore Van Soelen “Wild Geese” 1939 oil on canvas
Weatherford Oscar E. Berninghaus “Terminus of the Railroad, 1898-1901″ 1939 oil on canvas
Wewoka Marjorie Clarke “Historical Background of Wewoka” 1941 oil on canvas
Yukon Dahlov Ipcar “The Run, april 22, 1889, Taking the Lead” 1941 oil on canvas


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