Works Progress Administration – Federal Art Project – Prints

June 23, 2021 at 8:15 a.m.

Ends: June 23, 2021 4:45 p.m.


This is an ongoing event that will run April 8th – June 23rd.

Art Exhibition: The Federal Art Project (1935–1943) was a New Deal program to fund the United States’ visual arts. Under national director Holger Cahill it was one of five Federal Project Number One projects sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the largest New Deal art projects. It was created not as a cultural activity but as a relief measure to employ artists and artisans to create murals, easel paintings, sculpture, graphic art, posters, photography, theatre scenic design, and arts and crafts. The WPA Federal Art Project established more than 100 community art centers throughout the country, researched and documented American design, commissioned a significant body of public art without restriction to content or subject matter, and sustained some 10,000 artists and craft workers during the Great Depression.

There are 73 prints in the Oglebay collection that reveal great diversity in style and technique. It includes work by many notable American artists such as Ida Abelman, Bruce Arris, Mabel Dwight, Todros Geller, Blanche Grambs, Joseph Leboit, and Jack Markow, to name a few.

Other well-known participants in the nationwide initiative are Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jacob Lawrence, and Diego Rivera.

Please reference the Erickson Alumni Center’s Business hours, which are Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

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WVU Erickson Alumni Center
WVU Alumni Center, Alumni Drive, Morgantown, WV, USA

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