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Title Cutters
Artist Mack, Harry
Medium etching and aquatint
Support paper
Dimensions page: 11 5/8 x 16 1/8 inches
plate: 8 x 9 7/8 inches
Signature Mack
Credit line Gift of the WPA
Accession Number 1943.006.0107
Collection Work on Paper
Description During the Great Depression of the 1930s, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt launched his ambitious Works Progress Administration (WPA) programs that sent millions of unemployed Americans back to work, including more than 5,000 artists. Under the auspices of the WPA, the Federal Art Project (FAP) afforded opportunities to a diverse group of artists, including women, African Americans, and immigrants from Russia, China and other foreign countries. The Gibbes is fortunate to house the only collection of WPA prints in South Carolina. The initial allocation of 114 objects was received in 1943 from the Federal Government. Little else is known about the circumstances of the allocation.

Harry Mack's image of construction workers represents some of the efforts towards rebuilding America during the Great Depression.
Subjects Genre prints
Figures
Construction workers
Industry
Structures
Image 002\1943.06.107.JPG