Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, NW
1st Floor, West Floor Plan
On view are 56 paintings created by artists from across the United States working under the Public Works of Art Program, a federal New Deal program that lasted only six months from mid-December 1933 to June 1934. Artists participating in the program were encouraged to depict the American scene, but were free to portray any subject matter; they created works ranging from portraits to cityscapes and images of city life to landscapes and depictions of rural life. Their paintings are a lasting visual record of America at a specific moment in time.
Celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Public Works of Art Program.