WPA:JOBS is the current exhibition at CCP, focusing on prints and archival materials from the Works Project Administration (WPA), founded on May 6, 1935, by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The WPA was intended to put America back to work. Federal Project Number 1 (The Federal Arts Project) was the visual arts component of this New Deal program and supported tens of thousands of artists. By the end of the program, project artists from across the country produced approximately 200,000 prints. The Opening Reception will be Sunday, April 19th from 2 – 5pm.
CCP is hosting the WPA:JOBS Lecture Series along with this exhibition. The lecture series is funded by Connecticut Humanities.
Sunday, April 19, 3pm: Opening Reception and Introductory Lecture by Susan Teller, Susan Teller Gallery, NYC, which specializes in American paintings, prints and drawings of the 1920s to 1950s featuring Urban/Industrial Realism, Modernism, and Surrealism.
Sunday, May 3, 3pm: Wendy Jeffers, Chairman of the Archives of American Art, will provide insights on Holger Cahill and his directives as the National Director of the Federal Arts Project during the New Deal.
Thursday, May 14, 7pm: Richard Baiano, President of Childs Gallery, will conclude the lecture series with a discussion of WPA era original prints from Childs Gallery.
The WPA:JOBS Lecture Series will be held in the Grace Ross Shanley Gallery at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. All events are free and open to the public.