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America in the ’30’s: Prints from the Federal Art Project

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“All Created Equal” by Marjorie Eakin, lithograph, ca. 1935

The prints selected for this exhibit are by artists associated with the California division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA was created in 1935 to provide employment, encouragement, and, in part, support for American artists during the Great Depression. A major success of the program was in bringing the language of arts to remote areas of the United States. The project is also credited with initiating graphic arts workshops and commissions for printmakers throughout the nation and sponsoring the production of some 95,000 prints. This printmaking initiative made it possible for artists to produce high-quality multiple versions of their originals. Much of the work produced was democratic in nature and in theme, consistent with the Federal Art Project goals. This exhibition of prints by California artists includes strong images that help the contemporary viewer understand day-to-day life during the Great Depression in the western United States. Among the pieces are examples of both lithography and wood engraving techniques.

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2016-2017 Traveling Schedule

Grantsville Elementary, September 26 – October 24, 2016
Stansbury Elementary February 15 – March 15, 2017
Lomond View Elementary, Pleasant View, March 23 – April 27, 2017