|"Lake Country Wildlife" by Avery Johnson, 1941. Image used with permission of United States Postal Service|
Contemporary Realism--American scene painting--was the only truly acceptable style.The subject matter requirements included:
- realistically interpret local history
- post office scenes past and present
- vignettes of daily life
Johnson received six commissions for murals during the program, but Arkansas was the only one in the south (Smith & Christ). Relief work for artists during the New Deal period was housed in several programs and federal offices, and was relocated in 1939 (through its conclusion in 1942) with a reorganization moving the Public Buildings branch and the Section into the new Federal Works Agency. The 48-states competition to award one mural to each of the states was announced in 1939 to promote the program.
- Regionalism that ...celebrated American scenes that had universal appeal, such as local agriculture, industry, and family
Silva, R. (2011) Walks through history: Lake Village CHD.
Smith, S. T., & Christ, M. K. (n.d.) Arkansas Post Offices and the Treasury Department's Section Art Program, 1938-1942. Arkansas Historic Preservation Program: Little Rock.