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WPA Art in South Carolina

Post Office Artwork in South Carolina -¬†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
Aiken,
Post Office and Courthouse
Stefan Hirsch “Justice as Protector and Avenger” 1938 oil on canvas
Anderson Arthur Covey “Corn, Cotton, and Tobacco Culture” 1940 oil on canvas
Bamberg Dorothea Mierisch “Cotton the World Over” 1939 oil on canvas
Batesburg Irving A. Block “Peach Orchard” 1941 mural
Bishopville Hans E. Prehn “The Saw Mill” 1942 plaster relief
Chesterfield,
Post Office and Courthouse
Bruno Mankowski “The Farmers’ Letters” 1939 plaster relief
Clemson John Carroll “Meeting of the Original Directors of Clemson College” 1941 oil on canvas
Easley Renzo Fenci “Cultivation of Corn” 1942 terra-cotta relief
Greer Winfield Walkley “Cotton and Peach Growing” 1941 mural
Kingstree Arnold Friedman “Rice Growing” 1939 oil on canvas
Mullins Lee Gatch “Tobacco Industry” 1940 mural (missing)
Summerville Bernadine Custer “Train Time – Summerville” 1939 oil on canvas
Walterboro Sheffield Kagy “Past and Present Agriculture and Industry of Colleton County” 1938 mural
Ware Shoals Alice Kindler “American Landscape” 1940 mural
Winnsboro Auriel Bessemer “Industrial Tapestry” 1938 oil on canvas
Woodruff Abraham Lishinsky “Cotton Harvest” 1941 mural

 

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