A More Abundant Life: New Deal Artists and Public Art in New Mexico

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Sunstone Press, 2003 - Art - 195 pages
This comprehensive book details public art produced in New Mexico in the depression years from 1933-1943. It celebrates and informs about the vast output of 166 New Mexico artists who benefited from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal" program funds such as Works Projects Administration (WPA). For example, in New Mexico the population was 423,317 in the early 1930s and by 1935 over half of these citizens were enrolled in one of the various New Deal Programs.

The result was at least 65 murals, over 600 paintings, ten sculpture pieces as well as weavings, carvings, portfolios, and furniture. More was created but current whereabouts are unknown. Some have been transferred to museums, but most are still in their original sites across New Mexico. To mention a few of the artists from New Mexico's predominant three cultures: Henderson, Allan Houser, Fremont Ellis, Maria Martinez, Peter Hurd, William Lumpkins and Pablita Velarde were important participants in the programs.

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Mrs. Hoefer received a Ph.D. in American literature from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, and in the early 1960s taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and at San Francisco State University. In 1967, she joined her husband Peter Hoefer in starting Hoefer Scientific Instruments After Peter Hoefer's death in 1987, she carried on as chief executive officer. She is currently an editor for Sunstone Press

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