The abstract mural titled “Science,” by Raymond Jonson, was funded by the WPA’s Federal Art Project. It is in ENMU’s Golden Library. Nearby, the university’s administration building houses this mural’s twin, titled “Art”.
They were planned as a pair, with the aim of serving as spiritual stimuli for the students. Regarding these panels, Jonson wrote in 1937: “My desire is to have a fine quality in these works based on, as a starting point, “Art” and “Science.” One panel will place the emphasis on Art—the other on Science (note: my aim is to develop a series of rhythms and forms that can function as Abstract). These works will not be the usual or typical kind of decoration. Rather they will be powerful unusual ideas presented sincerely. As a result of my visit to the College, I have the conviction that there is a spirit of ‘today’ fully aware of what is occurring in the Art worls. My hope is that these works will be a real stimulus to the students there and to all who may have the chance to see them.”
Medium: tempera on plaster
Public Art and Architecture in New Mexico 1933-1943: A Guide to the New Deal Legacy, compiled by Kathryn A. Flynn (pp. 101-2)
Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on February 19, 2018.
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