Alabama’s New Deal Federal Art Projects: Part II

The Dixie Art Colony Foundation will hold the second program in their two-year series about Alabama’s New Deal Art Projects on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the Wetumpka High School Library located at 1251 Coosa River Parkway in Wetumpka, Alabama. This program will focus on four large oil paintings located in the WHS Library that depict important scenes from Alabama’s past. Dixie Art Colonist E. Herndon Smith was one of four artists involved in the creation of the paintings. Interestingly they have a connection to the Dixie Art Colony.

Our choice of venues for this event is based on the fact that four New Deal murals are located in the WHS Library. Included in the presentation will be newspaper clippings with photographs of the artists working on the paintings and information about the creation of the paintings from the year 1942. We will also include a narrative about the subject matter of each of the paintings.

The artists that worked together to create the oversized paintings depicting important events in the history of Alabama were: E. Herndon Smith, State Supervisor of Alabama Art Projects and participant in the Dixie Art Colony; Pvt. Harlyn Grout Dickinson, Jr., US Army Air Corps at Maxwell Field; Cpl. Mario C. Pagano, US Army Air Corps at Maxwell Field; Pvt. Joseph Becker, US Army Air Corps at Maxwell Field.

Reservations will be required and space is limited. To reserve your seat call 334-513-1086 or email your reservation to

  • March 23, 2019
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm