Cleveland Artists Foundation: WPA Art in Cleveland

Interviews with members of the Cleveland Artists Foundation, focusing on WPA art and architecture, collected between 2004 and 2006 by public school teachers in the Teaching American History (TAH) grant-funded Academy of American History summer institute at Cleveland State University, sponsored by the US Department of Education.


This interview with Sharon Dean, director of the Cleveland Artists Foundation, focuses on WPA art in Cleveland.

This oral history with artist Joseph O'Sickey covers a number of topics, including recollections of events in 20th century local and national history, personal experiences as a soldier (World War II), artist, and educator.

Walter Leedy, professor of Art at Cleveland State University, discusses WPA art in Cleveland, as well as numerous architectural landmarks in the city, including Terminal Tower, Park Synagogue, and Breuer Building.

Walter Leedy, professor of Art at Cleveland State University, discusses WPA art in Cleveland, as well as the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the importance of architectural preservation.

Albert Albano, Executive Director of the Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA), describes the mission and operations of the ICA and its involvement in the preservation of WPA art. Albano goes into detail about regional styles of art and specific…

Dale Hilton, an educator at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), describes his professional experiences at CMA and shares his knowledge of WPA art and history, including local examples.