D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts Exhibits

WPA Artists in Print

September 28th, 2010 through March 27th, 2011

Print Gallery, First Floor

Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

WPA Artists in Print
A collection of prints by American artists who worked during the Great Depression, featuring Childe Hassam, Howard Cook, Lawrence Kupferman and Reginald Marsh.

The artists received support from the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a federal program which provided economic opportunities during the Great Depression as part of the New Deal. The Federal Art Project, in operation from 1933-1943, was the visual arts arm of the program. It provided employment for many out-of-work artists who created murals, posters, paintings and prints which are now considered to be significant works of public art.

Many WPA murals were created for government agencies such as post offices and administrative buildings. Paintings and works on paper were later disseminated to museums. The WPA program led to the establishment of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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