Agency: Federal Arts Project (FAP), Arts Programs
Artists: Caroline Speare RohlandView Project in a Separate Window
Caroline Speare Rohland completed this 5′ x 13′ mural, entitled “Spring,” in 1941 with funds provided by the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project (WPA-FAP). “The mural was originally in the Sylvania GA post office. It was removed in 1980 and rolled up in a closet until 1995. Removed in 1980. Now on indefinite loan to the Georgia Southern University Museum. Restored 1995 by the artist Jared Fogel and Charles Martin of Statesboro GA.” (newdealartregistry.org)
Originally posted in the New Deal Art Registry: https://www.newdealartregistry.org/
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Can’t be acrylic on canvas, as acrylics were, at best, in an experimental phase, and not available/in production yet.
Thanks for tipping us off to this important info.
Are you sure this was mural was completed under WPA/FAP? She completed her other murals under the Treasury Department “Section.” Section artists competed anonymously for commissions, were chosen for their talent, and were paid upon completion. WPA/FAP artists were salaried and hired based on financial need.
Speare’s husband, Paul Rohland, who completed three murals for the Section, made a big distinction when he completed “Dogwood and Azaleas” in Ville Platte, LA, saying that his mural had no connection to the WPA. (see Ville Platte Gazette, April 1, 1939, p. 1)