Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wilsonville Old Church History Pub

Public Treasures: WPA Artworks in Oregon

5 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m. event
Free
All ages welcome

About Public Treasures: WPA Artworks in Oregon

Presented by: art curator Margaret Bullock, Wilsonville Public Library, Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society and McMenamins History

Some of Oregon's older public art treasures are much-loved gems, but many are hidden in plain sight and may be in your neighborhood.

In the 1930s and early 1940s, the U. S. government's Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) sponsored the Federal Art Project which employed hundreds of Oregon artists and resulted in the creation of several thousand artworks. These works were distributed to schools, post offices, libraries, museums, and other institutions across the state. The most famous of these projects is the spectacular Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood designed and constructed from foundation to curtains by WPA workers.

Though found all over the state, these artworks are often unknown or overlooked. Come learn about some of the art and artists that make up this public collection and where and how to see them for yourself.

About the Speaker:

Margaret Bullock is Curator of Collections and Special Exhibitions at Tacoma Art Museum, Washington. She has a BA in Art History and English Literature from the University of Colorado, an MA in Art History from the University of Oregon, and an MA in Anthropology from Washington State University.

Prior to joining the Tacoma Art Museum in 2007, she was curator at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico, Associate Curator of American Art at the Portland Art Museum, Oregon and a research fellow at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama. She has curated exhibitions and written articles and books on American and European fine and decorative arts. Her specialty is late 19th and early 20th century American art with a particular focus on the art of the Pacific Northwest.

Over the past decade, Bullock has researched, lectured, and written extensively on the Federal Art Projects under the WPA in Oregon. She was co-organizer of the Labor Arts Forum (a group dedicated to scholarship and education on the WPA in the Northwest) and currently is working with the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission to create an online resource on WPA art in Oregon. She also is expanding her research to include the other states in the WPA's Northwest Region-Washington, Idaho, and Montana-for a forthcoming exhibition and book.

Photo Credits:
Charles Heaney, “Tualatin Valley”, circa 1939, tempera on canvas, Collection of the Clatsop County Historical Society, Astoria, Oregon

About Wilsonville Old Church History Pub

Wilsonville Old Church History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.