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WPA Art in Tennessee

Post Office Artwork in Tennessee - 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
Bolivar Carl Nyquist “Picking Cotton” 1941 oil on canvas
Camden John H. Fyfe “Mail Delivery to Tranquility – The First Post Office in Benton County” 1938 oil on canvas
Post Office and Courthouse
Hilton Leech “Allegory of Chattanooga” 1937 oil on canvas
new Post Office
Leopold Scholz “The Mail Carrier” 1938 silver-plated bronze
Clarksville F. Luis Mora “Arrival of Col. John Donaldson” and “Abundance of Today” 1938 oil on canvas
Clinton Horace Day “Farm and Factory” 1940 tempera
Post Office and Courthouse
Henry Billings “Maury County Landscape” 1942 oil on canvas
Post Office and Courthouse
Sidney Waugh “American Eagle” 1941 sculpture
Crossville Marion Greenwood “The Partnership of Man and Nature” 1940 oil on canvas
Dayton Bertram Hartman “View from Johnson’s Bluff” 1939 oil on canvas
Decherd Enea Biafora “News on the Job” 1940 wood relief
Dickson Edwin Boyd Johnson “People of the Soil” 1939 fresco
Dresden Minetta Good “Retrospection” 1938 oil on canvas
Gleason Anne Poor “Gleason Agriculture” 1942 oil on canvas
Post Office and Courthouse
William Zorach “Man Power” and “Natural Resources” 1940 wood reliefs
Jefferson City Charles Child “Great Smokies and Tennessee Farms” 1941 oil on canvas
Johnson City Wendell Jones “Farmer Family” 1940 mural (missing)
La Follette Dahlov Ipear “On the Shores of the Lake” 1939 oil on canvas
Lenoir City Davide Stone Martin “Electrification” 1940 oil on canvas
Lewisburg John H. R. Pickett “Coming ‘Round the Mountain” 1938 oil on canvas
Lexington Grace Greenwood (Ames) “Progress of Power” 1940 oil on canvas
Livingston Margaret Covey Chisholm “The New Comers” 1940 oil on canvas
McKenzie Karl Oberteuffer “Early U.S. Post Village” 1938 oil on canvas
Post Office and Agricultural Building
Minna Citron “Horse Swapping Day” 1942 oil on canvas
Mount Pleasant Eugene Higgins “Early Settlers Entering Mount Pleasant” 1942 oil on canvas
Nashville Belle Kinney “Portrait Bust of Adm. Albert Gleaves” 1940 sculpture (missing)
Newport (on loan to the DAR Museum, 805 Cosby Road) Minna Citron “TVA Power” 1940 oil on canvas
(2 panels)
Ripley Marguerite Zorach “Autumn” 1940 oil on canvas
Rockwood Christian Heinrich “Wild Life” 1939 terra cotta
Sweetwater Thelma Martin “Wild Boar Hunt” 1942 egg tempera


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



New Deal Art: Tennessee Treasures” – March 15, 2005 Media Release by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development in Selmer TN

In the Pines” article about the Tennessee WPA