As the people and ecomy of the United States struggled to recover following the Great Depression, 42 towns in North Carolina would benefit directly from the more than $83 million that the federal government would allocate for public art as part of the New Deal program. Art projects funded by the New Deal extended across the state - from the mountains to the sea - and resulted in some of the state's most memorable public art pieces, including murals, sculptures, reliefs, paintings, oils, and frescoes, most of which were installed in post offices and courthouses.This volume provides the only one-volume record of all of the North Carolina towns and structures which received federal artwork under the program, as well as in-depth accounts of the works themselves and the artists who created them. The book includes photographs of all of the buildings that originally received the art, the works themselves, and almost all of the 41 artists, along with an appendix providing a detailed description of the federal aid programs and their purposes, detailed foottes, and an extensive bibliography.
Anita Price Davis is the author of Georgia During the Great Depression (2008), Women on United States Postage Stamps (2008), Women Nobel Peace Prize Winners (2006) and North Carolina During the Great Depression (2003). She has also authored or coauthored many other historical books and articles. She retired as the Charles A. Dana Professor of Education Emerita after 36 years at Converse College.