© 2018 Graham Carroll

A New Deal For Public Art in the Free State

Year: 2018-2019

Medium: Documentary Short

Produced in collaboration with historian Kara Heitz, and the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery.


            During the 1930s and 40s, the U.S. Treasury Department's Section on Fine Arts commissioned artists from across the country to produce murals and sculptures to be placed in newly constructed Post Offices. These New Deal era-art projects have left a lasting mark on the built environment of Kansas.

             This documentary examines the artworks created for post offices, their historical context, and the contemporary effects on life in Kansas. The project was made possible by a grant from Kansas Humanities and by our sponsor the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery.