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Designs and pictures made from many pieces of stone or ceramic material, held together in a cement, have been used to decorate floors and walls since the most distant times. Each culture which used the art of mosaic employed only those materials which were available and which lent themselves to an art expression that was typical of the time.  >>more...>>

Title:     California Mosaics
Author:    Goodwin, Jean
Publisher:     The Federal Art Project
Type:     Article

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Federal Art Project

Notes:     This essay was originally written for a proposed report to Congress on the value of the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project (WPA/FAP). The proposed report, to be called "Art for the Millions," was never published and these essays by WPA/FAP artists and administrators went unnoticed until rediscovered by art historian Francis V. O'Connor among the private papers of WPA/FAP Director Holger Cahill.

The original manuscript is now in the file "Federal Support for the Visual Arts: The New Deal and Now" at the Library of the National Collection of Fine Arts of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C. For a history of the Art for the Millions project, see Francis V. O'Connor's introduction in his Art for the Millions: Essays from the 1930s by Artists and Administrators of the WPA Federal Art Project (Greenwood, CT, 1973), p. 13-31.