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Works Progress Administration Artworks

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Works Progress Administration Artworks


The Portland Art Museum's collections include nearly 400 works of art created under the auspices of the U.S. Government during the Depression era of the 1930s. These paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures are tangible reminders of a unique experiment in government patronage of the arts that sparked discussion about the role of art and artists in American society and over federal support for the arts.

The following essay (see PDF) recounts the story of the Federal Art Projects and, more specifically, the history of the visual arts projects in Oregon.



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