Have you ever noticed the mural in our Post Office?
(Eupora Post Office Mural pictured below along with a few murals Belinda found on a trip to Little Rock, Arkansas!).
This mural was painted in 1945 by Thomas Savage in the Eupora, MS post office. He was a farmer from Iowa who excelled in painting farm scenes; in later years he would work as a commercial artist. He did three Treasury Section of Fine Arts murals, one in Jefferson, Iowa, one in New Hampton, Iowa and this lesser known one in Eupora. The title is “Cotton Farm”.
Here is a snippet of history of these murals found all over the country that you should read!
“The Art of the New Deal
During its years of operation, the government-funded Federal Art Project (FAP) of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) hired hundreds of artists who collectively created more than 100,000 paintings and murals and over 18,000 sculptures to be found in municipal buildings, schools, and hospitals in all of the 48 states. Additionally, nearly 100 community art centers throughout the country provided art classes for children and developing artists.
One of the main aims of the Federal Arts Project was to invoke familiar images that spoke of shared values and American progress, including technological wonders, fertile farmlands, small town life, and big city vibrancy. Additionally, the program hoped to foster the role of the arts in public life and to bring the artist closer to everyday, American life.”
To read the full article, click here: https://johncanningco.com/blog/hamiltonsmith-murals/…
To see how Fort Smith, Arkansas is incorporating new murals in their community, click here: