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“America in the 30s: Prints from the Federal Art Project” Art Exhibition at Merrill-Cazier Library

Logan, UT — The Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library presents “America in the 30s: Prints from the Federal Art Project,” part of Utah Arts & Museums’ Traveling Exhibition Program, opening April 20, in the atrium of the library.

The prints selected for the exhibit are by artists associated with the California division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA was created in 1935 to provide employment, encouragement and, in part, support for American artists during the Great Depression. A major success of the program was in bringing the language of arts to remote areas of the United States. The project is also credited with initiating graphic arts workshops and commissions for printmakers throughout the nation and sponsoring the production of some 95,000 prints.

The printmaking initiative made it possible for artists to produce high-quality multiple versions of their originals. Much of the work produced was democratic in nature and in theme, consistent with the Federal Art Project goals. This exhibition of prints by California artists includes strong images that help the contemporary viewer understand day-to-day life during the Great Depression in the western United States. Among the pieces are examples of both lithography and wood engraving techniques.

“America in the 30s: Prints from the Federal Art Project” will be shown at the Merrill-Cazier Library from April 20 to May 31. The exhibition may be viewed anytime during normal library hours. Accompanying educational materials are available. For more information on viewing the exhibition, please call 435-797-2678 or go to https://library.usu.edu/

About Utah Arts & Museums and the Traveling Exhibit Program

Utah Arts & Museums’ Traveling Exhibit Program is a statewide outreach program that provides schools, museums, libraries and community galleries with the opportunity to bring curated exhibitions to their community. This program is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on participating in the program, please contact Fletcher Booth at [email protected] or call 801.824.9177. For media inquiries, please contact Alyssa Hickman Grove at [email protected] or call 801.236.7548.

Utah Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (DHA). To enrich the quality of life for the people of Utah, DHA creates, preserves and promotes heritage and arts. The division provides funding, education and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand and receive the benefits of arts and culture. Additional information on the programs and services can be found at artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling 801.236.7555.

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