The New York Times wrote the following in 2003 in a retrospective article of New Jersey-based artist Michael Lenson: “[Mr. Lenson] moved to Newark and applied at the W.P.A. office on Halsey Street … Soon, Mr. Lenson was designing and… Read More
These carvings adorn the ceiling of Building No. 1 of the Veterans’ Hospital, which was likely also a WPA project. From Public Art and Architecture in New Mexico 1933-1943 by Kathryn Flynn (2012): “Building No. 1 which currently houses the… Read More
This frieze on the ceilings of the library’s reading rooms was funded by the FAP and WPA. The library itself was completed in 1932, but is very similar in design to what soon after became known as the WPA style.
Richard Ayer’s bas relief “Nautical Abstractions” is composed of paint on plaster with embedded rope and piping. It is located on the 3rd floor of the Aquatic Park in San Francisco. Ayer also painted the mural “Tugboats” installed on the… Read More
Beniamino Bufano’s brown granite sculptures of, respectively, a seal and a frog were completed in 1942 with the help of FAP funds. They are currently in storage.
This oil-on-plaster “Prismatarium” mural was designed by Hilaire Hilel to give “striking demonstrations on the relationship of color and light.” It covers the walls and ceiling of a circular room on the west side of the building. Originally, the light… Read More
This 14′ x 125′ glazed tile “Sea Forms” mural was created by Sargent Johnson in 1939 with the help of FAP funds. The east end is incomplete because of artist protests over plans for a private restaurant on the site…. Read More
Sargent Johnson’s 30′ x 14′ “Sea Form Marquee” frieze of incised green slate at the Aquatic Park in San Francisco was completed in 1939 with FAP funds. Johnson also created a 3′ x 5′ ceramic lintel bas relief on the 4th… Read More
“As the Great Depression deepened and thousands were uprooted and looking for work, numerous fairgrounds were turned into camps for these transients. The Arizona State Fairgrounds provided a temporary place to stay and an opportunity to earn money through labor…. Read More
These two oil on canvas murals, entitled “Farm Landscape” and “Point Loma,” were painted by Charles Reiffel on a commission from the WPA Federal Art Project in 1937. They were originally installed at Memorial Junior High School. Each mural measures… Read More
Jean Charlot created this mural for what was then Strabuenmuller Textile High School in 1934-36. Entitled “The Art Contribution to Civilization of All Nations,” the mural was funded by the WPA’s Federal Arts Project.
This 1940 oil-on-canvas mural by George Goethke covers all 4 walls of the kindergarten room of Baywood Elementary School (formerly the George Hall School).
The Beach Chalet contains several New Deal artworks, including this set of monochrome frescoes by Lucien Labaudt located in the stairwell and corridor to the restrooms. The frescoes were painted in 1937 under the WPA’s Federal Art Project.
The Belding School contains a WPA mural by Roberta Elvis. Medium: oil on canvas Size: 15′ x 5’4″
"It is an oil painting on masonite done by Clarkson Dye (FAP/WPA Project #7754). It measures 42-1/4" x 52-1/2" and hangs in the second floor legislative meeting room. Originally this painting was installed at Mt. Diablo State Park, but was… Read More
The school contains two 15′ x 11′ oil on canvas murals by Harry Townsend, titled “Work, the Soul of Progress” and “Arrival of the First Settlers.” They were painted in 1938 under the WPA’s Federal Art Project. Restoration Info: Property… Read More
The Bennett School contains a mural by Grace Spongberg, depicting four subjects: 1) Art, 2) History, 3) Science, 4) Music Medium: oil on canvas Size: 4 panels, each 11′ x 6′ Restoration Info: Restored 2001
The Bennett School contains this WPA mural by Gustaf Dahlstrom. Medium: oil on canvas Size: frieze in 15 sections; 4’6″ x 70′ Restoration Info: Restored 2000
“St. George and the Dragon” (1940) is on the west side of Berkeley High School, on building H. It is a cast stone relief located on the exterior of the building at Martin Luther King Jr. Way at Allston Way…. Read More
“Occupational Studies and Their Application” This fresco of six 9′ x 4’6″ panels was painted with the help of New Deal funds.
“Soldiers and Sailors is a three panel painted mural in the vestibule of Bob Hope Patriotic Hall. Created in 1942 as part of the WPA Art Project, the mural depicts the United States’ military uniforms from 1776 through 1941. Helen Lundeberg… Read More
“During May and June 1946, two 900-square-foot murals depicting three centuries of local history were unceremoniously removed from the cavernous two-story rotunda of Brooklyn Borough Hall less than a decade after their creation. The murals, titled “Brooklyn Past and Present,”… Read More
The Boundary County Courthouse is the site of three friezes, all created by Fletcher Martin in 1940 for the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project (WPA-FAP) and viewable on the front of the courthouse. They are officially untitled but are known… Read More
Under the WPA Federal Arts Project, artist Monty Lewis installed a large fresco depicting “The Cotton Industry in Contemporary America” in 1936. The fresco is in the school auditorium. At the time of installation, this building was the High School… Read More
This mural by Bartholomew de Mako was originally made for the Burbank City Hall and is now displayed in the lobby of the City Attorney's Office: "Set against the background of the capitol in Washington D.C., we see justice holding… Read More
This 6′ X 68′ mural, painted by Frederick Alexander Pawla (1877-1964) with Federal Art Project (FAP) funds, was removed and reinstalled with some controversy in 1973. ” It was commissioned by the W.P.A. (Works Progress Administration), and its six-foot-tall canvas… Read More
In 1542 Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo became the first European explorer to see the coast of California. This statue of the explorer was made in cast concrete by Henry Lion in 1936. It was a Federal Art Project. It stands on… Read More
These two wood carvings by Sargent Johnson were moved from the school’s former site in Berkeley. “Jungle Scenes,” hanging over the reception desk, consists of two 8′ x 4′ lunettes made of mahogany with gold leaf. “Louis Braille” is 4′… Read More