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A New Deal for Nebraska Artists


A New Deal for Nebraska Artists, an exhibit of artwork produced during the Depression, was on display on the third floor of the Nebraska History Museum from June 11, 2000 to May 31, 2001. The works were created by artists employed by the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP), the first federal art project of the New Deal's Civil Works Administration (CWA).

In October 1933 the federal government created the CWA, an agency under Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal that funded temporary employment programs for the winter months of 1933-34.

The PWAP employed artists at minimum wages to create works of art for use in government buildings and other public facilities. Selected on the basis of artistic qualification and need for employment, twenty-eight artists worked on the PWAP in Nebraska.

The exhibit featured eleven works by both trained and amateur artists, including paintings by well-known Nebraska artists Augustus Dunbier and Gladys Marie Lux.

painting of schoolhouse, "Consolidated No. 3"
Consolidated No. 3
Morris Gordon, Lincoln, Nebraska
1934, oil on canvas

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