WPA Artists in Print at the Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

WPA Artists in Print

September 28, 2010–March 27, 2011 D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts » First Floor » Print Gallery

Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Print Gallery, First Floor

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.