New Mexico State University: Biology Building Fresco – Las Cruces NM

City:
Las Cruces, NM

Site Type:
Art Works, Murals

New Deal Agencies:
Arts Programs, Federal Arts Project (FAP)

Completed:
1934

Artist:
Olive Rush

Description

“Cotton Industry and Farming”
Medium: fresco

“In 1934 Olive Rush, under WPA/FAP, decorated the dome-shaped entrance to the biology building with a fresco. Themes are the history of the development of plant and animal life from earliest beginnings on through to more complicated life forms, with special attention given to local flora and fauna. The cotton industry and farming, which flourished at the time, are also represented.

One can hope that public interest will see that professional conservation restores the fresco to its original state. Latest decisions about restoring this fresco can be obtained at the President’s Office on campus.”

-Treasures on New Mexico Trails

Source notes

Originally posted in the New Deal Art Registry: https://www.newdealartregistry.org/

Location Info


1600 Stewart Street
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Doña Ana County

Location notes: Biology Building entrance

Coordinates: 32.2806201, -106.74702

Site Details

Flynn, Kathryn A., editor. Treasures on New Mexico Trails: discovery of New Deal art and architecture. New Mexico State Historic Preservation Division, 1995. Pg. 59. "New Deal Sites in New Mexico," Atlas of Historic New Mexico Maps, New Mexico Humanities Council.

Contribute to this Site

We welcome contributions of additional information on any New Deal site.

Submit More Information or Photographs for this New Deal Site

One comment on “New Mexico State University: Biology Building Fresco – Las Cruces NM

  1. Robert W. Cherny

    The WPA/FAP did not exist in 1934, hence either this was done later or it was done under PWAP.

Join the Conversation

Please note:

  • We are not involved in the management of New Deal sites and have no information about visits, hours or rentals.
  • This page shows all the information we have for this site; if you have new information or photos to share, click the button above.

Your email address will not be published, shared, or sold.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Contribute to this Site

We welcome contributions of additional information on any New Deal project site.

Submit More Information or Photographs for this New Deal Site

One comment on “New Mexico State University: Biology Building Fresco – Las Cruces NM

  1. Robert W. Cherny

    The WPA/FAP did not exist in 1934, hence either this was done later or it was done under PWAP.

Join the Conversation

Please note:

  • We are not involved in the management of New Deal sites and have no information about visits, hours or rentals.
  • This page shows all the information we have for this site; if you have new information or photos to share, click the button above.

Your email address will not be published, shared, or sold.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.