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For the People:  Nebraska's New Deal Art

Industry / Progress

The 1930s were more than a decade of depression. They were also a time of innovation, faith in the modern, and celebration of progress. In fact, the Chicago World's Fair (1933-1934) was dubbed the Century of Progress International Exposition. These works, with their Art Deco influence, exemplify our country's love affair with progress and modernity in an otherwise sober age.

Grain Elevator

John T. Robertson, Omaha
Oil on cardboard
26 x 32.25 framed

John Robertson was born in New York City and studied at the Art Students League before moving to the Midwest. While living in Omaha he joined the PWAP and later the FAP and executed several murals in various states during the Depression.


Wheels of Progress

Rose Cohen, Lincoln
Ink on paper
22 x 28 framed



Albert Leindecker, Scotia
Ink on paper
12.75 x 10.5


Albert Leindecker, Scotia
Ink on paper
6.25 x 20.5 framed

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All artwork in this exhibit is Courtesy of the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration Commissioned through the New Deal art projects.
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