"The Death of Colonel Shaw at Fort Wagner"
“Although the ROD Building was a municipal building, the District of Columbia’s peculiar sovereignty status required that the federal government approve its construction, and that the Treasury Department Section of Fine Art play a major role in its art program…
The Treasury Sections December 1, 1942 announcement of the ROD Building mural competition was a term paper-like, ten page document that required artists to submit their entries unsigned for anonymous judging…
A press release announced that the winners wide geographic dispersion and almost equal female-male ratio, as well as the inclusion of accomplished African-American painter William Edouard Scott, proved the fairness of the blind selection process. Indeed, many of the artists selected had already painted murals for public buildings, and would have distinguished careers in the arts…”
Carlos Lopez painted this oil on canvas mural “The Death of Colonel Shaw at Fort Wagner.”
Originally posted in the New Deal Art Registry: http://www.newdealartregistry.org/
National Register of Historic Places, 1990
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