Artist Emery Gellert painted a portrait of Principal J. A. Davis for David Starr Jordan High School (formerly David Starr Jordan High School) in Los Angeles, CA.
The portrait was funded by California’s State Emergency Relief Administration (SERA), which covered the cost of artwork executed between the termination of the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) in 1934 and the establishment of the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Arts Project (FAP) the following year.
“Under this project sixty people were producing one hundred twenty hours per month mostly to producing [sic] easel works in oil, water color, pastel, and drawings. The funds ran out and the project was concluded August 22, 1935” (Wells, p. 19).
Gellert was best known for his murals Detroit, Cleveland, and New York churches.
Wells, N. W. “Federal Art Project and the Schools.” Los Angeles School Journal XX, no. 29 (April 26, 1937): 17–25.
Project originally submitted by Natalie McDonald on February 11, 2023.
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