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Works Progress Administration

During the Depression era, President Roosevelt recognized the plight of artists. The WPA commissioned paintings and sculpture for the embellishment of newly constructed buildings, post offices and courthouses.  In addition to providing work relief to suffering artists, these 
New Deal initiatives produced the first major body of public American art

(WPA Artwork in Non-Federal Repositories
, Dec. 1999)


    Prints    Murals    

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