The unknown artists of the National Parks
From 1938 to 1941 the National Park Service employed artists through the Works Progress Administration to design posters for their parks. This program was part of The New Deal and sought to give jobs to the unemployed during The Great Depression.
The illustrators created these posters on UC Berkeley’s campus, but most of them did not sign their names to their works. With the beginning of World War II, the program was cut short and the posters were forgotten for many years.
Tracy Baetz of the Interior Department Museum explains:
We know very little about the actual artists. We know there were about 100 working at that Western Laboratories building on the southwest corner of the Berkeley campus.
The works will be on display in DC at the Interior Museum.
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