Federal Art Project

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The Federal Art Project (FAP) was the visual arts arm of the Great Depression-era New Deal WPA Federal One program in the United States. Reputed to have created more than 200,000 separate works, FAP artists created posters, murals and paintings—some of which stand among the most significant pieces of public art in the country. Opening August 29, 1935, as the latest in a short series of Depression-art visual arts programs, it closed on June 30, 1943. Its primary goals were to employ out-of-work artists and to provide art for non-federal government buildings: county courthouses, post offices, libraries and the like. Its work was divided into art production, art instruction and art research; the primary output of the art research group was the Index of American Design.

Leon Bibel, Jackson Pollock, William Gropper, Willem de Kooning and Ben Shahn were some of the notable artists supported by the project.


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