Forgotten Stories: Northwest Public Art in the 1930s

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    Virginia Darcé (American, 1910-1985), The Market, 1938, tempera on board, 22 1/2 x 30 1/2 in., Portland Art Museum, Oregon, Courtesy of the Fine Arts Collection, U.S. General Services Administration, New Deal Art Project, L45.3.2, WPAEX-484.

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    Bue Kee (American, 1893-1985), Owl (detail), 1939, clay, 15 1/8 x 6 ¼ x 14 in., Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, Courtesy of the Fine Arts Collection, US General Services Administration, New Deal Art Project, L42.28.

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    Charlotte Mish, (American, 1896-1974), Map of Oregon Flora, 1939, oil and tempera on panel, 54 x 72 in., State Library of Oregon, Salem, WPAEX-520.

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    Jacob Elshin (American, born Russia, 1892-1976), Miners at Work (detail), 1937-38, oil on canvas, 5 x 12 ft., Collection of the City of Renton, Washington. Courtesy of United States Postal Service. ©2019 USPS.

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    Aimee Gorham (American, 1883-1974), Solomon, 1937, wood marquetry, 61 3/8 x 37 1/4 in., Portland Art Museum, Oregon, Loan from the Fine Arts Program, U.S. General Services Administration, WPA, Federal Art Project, 1935-1943, with Gratitude to Edsel Colvin, Mark Humpal, and Bill Rhoades, L2013.14.1, WPAEX-11.

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    Elizabeth Colborne (American, 1885-1948), Mossy Wood, Washington, 1934, color woodblock on paper, 13.5 x 9 in., Seattle Public Library Special Collections, WPAEX-493.

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    Kamekichi Tokita (American, born Japan, 1897-1948), Backyard, 1934, oil on canvas, 26 11/16 x 21 9/16 in., Seattle Art Museum, Public Works of Art Project, Washington State, 33.231, WPAEX-241.


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