New Deal Prints on display at UMW Gallery

UMW News Bureau

A trove of black and white prints depicting life in the United States during the New Deal era is now on display at the University of Montana Western Art Gallery through March 1, 2011. UMW NEWS BUREAU [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="388" caption=""Women on Park Bench" by Mabel Dwight. Lithograph. 1934."]Mabel_Dwight_Women_on_Park_Bench_1934_lithograph_[/caption] A trove of black and white prints depicting life in the United States during the New Deal era is now on display at the University of Montana Western Art Gallery. The exhibition, “By the People, For the People: New Deal Prints from the 1930s and 1940s,” is on permanent loan to the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at The University of Montana from the Fine Arts Program of the General Services Administration in Washington, D.C. Thirty-one prints created during the 1930s and 1940s are featured in the exhibition, covering the era of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal economic recovery programs. The art was created through four government-sponsored public art programs: The Public Works of Art Project, The Federal Art Project, The Treasury Relief Art Project, and the Section of Fine Arts. Montana Museum of Art & Culture Curator of Art Brandon Reintjes said, given the country’s current economic climate, the exhibition is a timely reminder of American history. “Presenting these prints in Montana amid our country’s current economic climate will both educate and inform viewers of a very important time in history,” Reintjes said. “These artworks were created during a period in U.S. history when community, government, and individual artists experimented with the idea of working together in the interests of a common culture.” Artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, Charles Reed Gardner, Kyra Markham and Samuel Margolies were hired to document welfare lines, industrial scenes, farm scenes and public transportation throughout the country. The exhibition will be on display through March 1, 2011. The Montana Western Art Gallery is located on the south side of Main Hall, 710 South Atlantic Street in Dillon, Mont.