Lynchburg Museum's First Friday exhibit to feature Great Depression artwork

Museum will exhibit artwork by John Butler, Carson Davenport


LYNCHBURG, Va. – Lynchburg Museum's first Friday exhibit will feature Great Depression artwork.

This month, the museum will exhibit artwork by John Butler and Carson Davenport that was created under the Public Works of Art Project as part of the New Deal during the Great Depression. 

Created in 1933, the goal of the PWAP was “to give work to artists by arranging to have competent representatives of the profession embellish public buildings.”

Artists were encouraged to portray “the American scene.”

To partake in the program, participants had to be professional artists.

About 3,800 artists were hired and produced over 15,000 works.

In 1935, the PWAP was replaced by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) which existed until 1943.

Butler and Davenport were both printmakers whose work typically depicted laborers.

Both had pieces displayed throughout the state in the 1930s.

Their artwork will remain on display throughout the weekend.

The museum is open Saturday, 10 a.m. and Sunday noon p.m.

For more information, call (434) 455-6226, or visit www.lynchburgmuseum.org, www.pointofhonor.org, the museum’s Facebook page, Twitter @LburgMuse or Instagram @LburgMuse.