Carol Whatley, 334/844-5690 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
David Granger, 334/844-9999 (email@example.com)
DEPRESSION-ERA MURALS OF ALABAMA AGRICULTURE TO BE DISPLAYED AT AUS
FOY UNION SEPT. 21
AUBURN - An exhibition of murals by Mobile artist John Augustus Walker,
first shown in Alabamas 1939 State Fair as Historical Panorama
Of Alabama Agriculture, will open Thursday, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m.
in the Auburn University Foy Student Union Exhibit Lounge and is presented
by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
As part of AUs Sesquicentennial Lecture Series, the exhibition of
Walkers ten colorful murals will open with a talk by Extension art
specialist Bruce Dupree, who recently has done research on the artist
and his paintings. A reception will follow, with Walker family members
on hand to answer questions.
Walker was commissioned to create the murals by Extension, and paid by
Works Progress Administration, the New Deal agency created in 1935 to
provide jobs to the unemployed during the great depression of the 1930s.
Since the murals were intended to last only for the duration of the state
fair, Walker painted them with tempera, a water-based and less durable
medium, rather than his preferred medium of oils.
The murals were in storage at Auburn University when they were discovered
on campus in 1980, touched up, displayed and then stored again. The exhibition
at Foy Union marks their first appearance since then.
Dupree said that Walker, who helped found the Mobile Art Guild, is known
not only for his paintings and murals, found both in private collections
and public buildings across Alabama and the Gulf Coast, but also for his
work designing Mardi Gras floats, costumes and stage sets.
The exhibit will also be open on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon,
before the AU-Buffalo game, again with some of Walkers family on
hand to talk about his work.
For information, contact Carol Whatley at (334) 844-5690 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auburn University is a preeminent land-grant and comprehensive research
institution with more than 23,500 students and 6,500 faculty and staff.
Ranked among the top 50 public universities nationally, Auburn is Alabamas
largest educational institution, offering more than 230 undergraduate,
graduate and doctoral degree programs.
(Contributed by Carol Whatley.)