- Fairport, NY
- Site Type:
- Art Works, Murals
- New Deal Agencies:
- Work Relief Programs, Works Progress Administration (WPA)
- Carl W. Peters
- Site Survival:
The Fairport Historical Museum houses an example of New Deal artwork commissioned by the federal Works Progress Administration.
“In 1937, Rochester’s WPA art project was called “the most interesting and effective outside of New York City” by the regional director of the Federal Art Project. Rochester’s model program—hosted and administered by the Memorial Art Gallery—funded several mural groups by the artist Carl W. Peters.” (https://mag.rochester.edu/murals/)
“The Fairport Library building was constructed under the WPA and is now home to the Perinton Historical Society. When Peters received the commission in 1938 to paint a mural for the building, it was brand new. Fairport was Peters’ home town; his chosen subject matter was the familiar agricultural lifestyle of people in the region as it was affected by the Erie Canal.” (https://mag.rochester.edu/murals/murals-at-the-perinton-historical-society/)
Source noteshttps://mag.rochester.edu/murals/ https://mag.rochester.edu/murals/murals-at-the-perinton-historical-society/
Site originally submitted by Evan Kalish on March 7, 2015.
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