• Artwork by Virginia Darcé that depicts a crowded market scene with adults purchasing goods and children playing in the foreground.

Forgotten Stories: Northwest Public Art of the 1930s

In the 1930s, government investment in public art and artists in the Northwest supported communities and created a wealth of public art with stories that, until now, were nearly unknown.

Image: Virginia Darcé (born Portland, Oregon, 1910; died Los Angeles, California, 1985). The Market, 1938. Tempera on board, 22 ½ x 30 ½ inches. Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, Courtesy of the Fine Arts Collection, US General Services Administration, New Deal Art Project, L45.3.2