Charles Turzak. South of the Loop, ca. 1934.

Enough to Live On: Art from the WPA

January 27 through April 22, 2017
May 22 through July 8, 2017

Curator: Kathryn Koca Polite

In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed the New Deal, a series of programs that sought recovery and reform from the Great Depression by creating jobs and aiding the unemployed with enough money to live on. Under the Works Progress Administration, the Federal Art Project (1935–1943) was the largest of the New Deal art programs and focused on all areas of the visual arts—including design, the fine arts, and art education.

Thousands of artists were commissioned by the government to create public works that captured the state of the nation at that time, which resulted in prints disseminated throughout the country, hundreds of murals installed in various government buildings, and the creation of various community centers. This exhibition focuses on WPA works—prints, paintings, and sculptures—allocated from the federal government that are currently housed in the museum's permanent collection.

Sponsored in part by Fox Development Corporation and Fred and Donna Giertz

Select programming for this exhibition:

Opening Night | January 26, 2017

Celebrate with us and get a first look at the season's new art exhibitions. The evening will feature live music, refreshments, and the company of Champaign-Urbana art enthusiasts.

Private Preview & Reception for Museum Members | 5–6 pm Reception catered by Michaels' Catering

To attend, please RSVP to Chris Schaede by Friday, January 20 via email or by calling 217-244-0516.

Public Opening Reception | 6–7 pm
With opening welcome by Acting Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts and Museum Director Kathleen Harleman at 6 pm.

Public opening reception hosted by the Krannert Art Museum Council.

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Charles Turzak
South of the Loop (detail)
ca. 1934
Allocated by the
U.S. Government
commissioned through the New Deal art projects
© Charles Turzak