The Utah Museum of Fine Arts presents American Prints From the Great Depression

artwork: Thomas Hart Benton - "Island Hay", 1945 - Lithograph - 12 5/8" x 10" - © Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee. On view at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City in "At Work: Prints from the Great Depression" until May 6th.


Salt Lake City, Utah.- The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to present “At Work: Prints from the Great Depression”, on view at the museum through May 6th. Organized in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Basso, Assistant Professor of History and Gender Studies and Director of the American West Center at the University of Utah, this exhibition features Depression-era prints focusing on men and women at work, selected from the remarkable collection of Marcia Price and Ambassador John Price. During the years of the government-sponsored Federal Art Project, American printmaking techniques were expanded, and themes of labor were integral to the new print vocabulary. Printmakers, along with other artists, were given an unprecedented sense of purpose when the U.S. government included them in the vast numbers of unemployed workers who could apply for work relief from the Works Progress Administration (WPA).