Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Fine Arts

Committee Chair

Begley, John P.


Federal Art Project; Art and social action; Politics in art


This thesis project exhibition brought together Works Progress Administration prints from the University of Louisville collection, as well as the University of Kentucky Art Museum and Murray State University. The thirty-three works were cintentionally selected based on their societal commentary and political quality. The exhibition looks at the connection between the artist's political ideologies and the social commentary of their artwork. The thesis explores how the artists were able to organize and protest for the right to have funding for the Federal Art Project. The thesis considers the contribution the printmakers made to the American art scene, including the developments of screen printing and color lithography as fine art mediums.