Fine Arts Gallery Feature Exhibition

CSU-Pueblo Fine Arts Gallery to feature exhibition “By the People, For the People: New Deal Prints from the 1930’s and 1940’s”

PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Fine Arts Gallery will feature “By the People, For the People: New Deal Prints from the 1930’s and 1940’s” from January 11-February 26, 2010. The opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Jan. 15 in the Fine Arts Gallery in the Art/Music Building.

This exhibition is timely in that the work of the W.P.A. and other New Deal agencies has re-emerged as a model for the Obama administration's massive economic stimulus program. On May 6, 1935, the WPA was created to help provide economic relief to the citizens of the United States who were suffering through the Great Depression. The artistic community had already become inspired during the 1920s and '30s by the revitalization of the Italian Renaissance fresco style through the spirited creations of Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueriros. Certain visionary U.S. politicians decided to combine the creativity of the new art movements with the values of the American people.

The Federal Art Project was one of the divisions of the W.P.A. created under Federal Project One. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had made several attempts prior to the F.A.P. to provide employment for artists on relief, namely the Public Works of Art Project (P.W.A.P.) that operated from 1933 to 1934 and the Treasury Department Section of Painting and Sculpture that was created in 1934 after the demise of the P.W.A.P. However, it was the F.A.P. that provided the widest reach, creating more than 5,000 jobs for artists and producing more than 225,000 works of art for the American people.

“By the People, For the People: New Deal Prints from the 1930’s and 1940’s” was organized by the Montana Museum of Art and Culture at the University of Montana, Missoula, Montana. The works in this exhibition are made available courtesy of the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Service Administration, commissioned through the New Deal art projects.

For more information, contact Caroline Peters, CSU-Pueblo Assistant Professor of Contemporary Theory and Art History/Gallery Director, at caroline.peters@colostate-pueblo.edu