Saturday, January 16, 2016
New Deal Art: "Waterbirds Nesting"
Above: "Waterbirds Nesting," an oil panting by Josephine Joy (1869-1948), created while she was in the WPA's Federal Art Project, ca. 1935-1939. Did you know that WPA workers protected "birds and other wildlife ...by the construction and placement of shelter houses, feeding stations, and sanctuaries"? (Final Report on the WPA Program, 1935-43, 1946, p. 54). Image courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.