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New Deal WPA Art in West Virginia

Post Office Artwork in West Virginia - 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
Elkins,
Forestry Service
Stevan Dohanos “Forest Service” and “Mining Village” 1939 tempera
Fayetteville Nixford Baldwin “The Miners” 1939 oil on canvas
Holidays Cove Charles Chapman “Captain Bilderbook’s and John Schoolcraft’s Expedition from Holiday’s Cove to Fort Wheeling, 1777″ 1940 mural
Kenova Albino Cavallito “Worker” 1941 sculpture
Lewisburg Robert F. Gates “Old Time Camp Meeting” 1940 egg tempera on canvas
Logan Gleb Derujinsky “The Letter” 1940 sculpture
Mannington Richard Zoellner “Landscape at Frogtown” 1942 oil on canvas
Marlinton Edwin Dorsey Doniphan “Mill Point” and “Past Visions the Future” 1939 oil on canvas
Mount Hope Michael Lensen “Mining” 1942 oil on canvas
Oak Hill Henri Crenier “The Colonel Mail Rider” 1938 oil on canvas
Ripley Joseph Servas “The Pride of Jackson County” 1942 wood
Saint Albans Reuben R. Kramer “Science and Industry” 1941 wood
Saint Marys Alexander B. Clayton “St. Mary’s and the Industries of the Region” 1939 oil on canvas
Salem Berni Glasgow “Visions of the Development of Salem” 1942 oil on canvas
Spencer Vicken von Post Totten “Pastoral of Spencer” 1938 plaster of Paris
Webster Springs Lenore Thomas “Springtime” no date glazed terra-cotta
Weirton,
Cove Station
Vincent Glinsky “Pony Express and Rural Delivery” 1940 cast stone

 

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

 


 

Morgantown - There is a Robert Lewis Lepper murals installed in Room M-21 of White Hall ( the “Geology Building”) on the campus of West Virginia University. Across the front of the room is a mural of workers in industries in and around the Monongahela, Ohio, Allegheny rivers (coal mining, steel production, and brick making). The mural is dated 1941-42 by the artist Robert L. Lepper from Pittsburgh. information contributed by Bob Behling.