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'New Deal' Gallery Talk is Saturday at WIU

January 29, 2014

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MACOMB, IL – As the exhibit, "A New Deal for Illinois: The Federal Art Project Collection of Western Illinois University," opens at the University Art Gallery, a gallery talk by its curator will be held Saturday, Feb. 1 in Macomb.

The exhibit, which features 40 works from the University's collection, opened Jan. 18 and showcases works that were commissioned through the 1930s Public Works of Art Project and the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration (FAP/WPA). Several of the exhibit's pieces have been conserved by The Conservation Center in Chicago through the help of a fundraising program.

The exhibit curator is Knox College Associate Professor Gregory Gilbert. He will speak at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 in the gallery.

Gilbert will focus on how Western Illinois State Teachers College acquired the works in the collection and place the subject matter in the context of what was happening in McDonough County during the Great Depression.

Participants will receive a free exhibition catalog.

The exhibit is sponsored by the WIU Foundation and WIU emeriti faculty members Bill and Jo Sanders.

Additional program information may be found at and tours of the exhibit for any local group can be scheduled by calling the gallery at (309) 298-1587.

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