Jared French (American; 1905–1988) Stuart’s Raiders at the Swollen Ford 1939 Oil and tempera Photograph by Carol M. Highsmith Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Washington, D.C.
Mural executed under the auspices of the Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture (later called the Section of Fine Arts) for the Richmond Parcel Post Building (subsequently transferred to the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. U.S. Courthouse Annex, Richmond, Virginia).
Hildreth Meière (American; 1892–1961) Design for Sand-Blasted Glass Mural: Mercury Gathering Air Waves Amidst Planets and Stars 1932 Brush and white gouache, black wash, graphite on tan paper Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York
Executed for A Century of Progress (1933 World’s Fair, Chicago, Illinois)
We are inspired by muralist Caryl Lasko who, in the middle of restoring the Hyde Park mural she painted more than 40 years ago, broke her femur and coached her assistant through part of the restoration from her hospital bed before she was able to get back on her feet.
The University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement agreed to finance the restoration of Lasko’s 1972 mural “Under City Stone,” which is considered “one of the last murals from the heyday of the public art movement” that emanated around the world from Chicago and which was founded in part by Lasko’s mentor, the great African-American muralist William Walker.