WIU to Show WPA Art Collection

An upcoming show at Western Illinois University’s Art Gallery and the Figge Art Museum in Davenport features art created for W-I-U as part of the WPA and the Federal Art Project in the 30’s and 40’s.

Director of Western’s Art Gallery, Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson said that the pieces in the collection provide a direct connection to the university’s past.

“They would have been studied no doubt by art students at that time, they would have been appreciated by faculty and staff members. Frankly, probably a lot of our students would rather look at contemporary art than perhaps these but they are important to the history of Illinois, to the history of the university,” Hayes-Hawkinson said.

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