The art section begins on p.81 of the book with the text below.
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Murals, ”Veterinary Medicine,” for
main stairway, Library of Iowa State College by Grant Wood
and (bottom) Mural, Cleveland Auditorium by Jack J. Greitzer
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THE PUBLIC WORKS OF ART
The Public Works of Art came to the aid of American artists at a time when
the private market for works of art had practically disappeared and even our
best known artists found themselves as a consequence in financial straits.
Although gratefully accepted as timely relief for then desperate need,
nevertheless the artists also saw in this project an opportunity to prove
that there is in this country an art movement of genuine importance and
vitality, a movement that may be made to contribute definitely to the
cultural and artistic interests of our people.
Artists of every state in the Union and the Territory of Hawaii, regardless
of their school, their type of painting or their affiliations were given an
opportunity to participate in the project. They were selected on the basis
of their qualifications as artists and their need of employment. The subject
matter assigned to them was the American scene in all its phases. Within the
scope of this very general assignment the artists were given the utmost
freedom of expression, and there resulted a fine visual record of
contemporary American life.
The work has gone into Federal buildings, schools, hospitals (particularly
children's wards), court houses, parks, and natural history museums, and in
fact into any public place qualified under the terms of the grant. The
genuine surprise has been the reaction of the public. By and large
throughout the country the people have become art minded. Public Works of
Art committees everywhere were deluged with applications for work to be
placed in national, state, and municipal buildings. In one region, for
instance, where there were 125 projects going on, there were actually
applications on file for 350 additional projects. As the undertaking is
being wound up, there are thousands of applications for murals, pictures and
works of art produced hy the CWA artists from public institutions throughout
the United States which it has been impossible to satisfy.
The project has brought about recognition of the value of culture and the
arts In American life. It is a significant example of the President's
desire to give the people of this country "a more abundant life." It might
be termed the first completely democratic art movement in our history. That
the artists of the country have accepted the challenge hy giving their best
was proved hy the National Exhibition held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in
Washington and numerous regional exhibitions throughout the country.