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New Deal WPA Art in Utah

Post Office Artwork in Utah – 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
Beaver Post Office and Agricultural Building John W. Beauchamp “Life on the Plains” 1943 oil on canvas (2 panels)
Helper Jenne Magafan “Western Town” 1941 oil on canvas
Provo
Federal Building
Everett C. Thorpe “Early and Modern Provo” 1942 oil on canvas

 

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