- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico college is set to unveil a new addition to a set of Depression-era murals.

Highlands University will host a public reception next Thursday to celebrate the successful completion of the mural project.

Recent Highland graduate Dyna Amaya-Lainez painted the new piece after officials couldn’t locate a mysteriously missing New Deal mural. She painted a new Art Deco-style mural based upon the clue from the missing mural’s plaque with the Francis Bacon quote “Reading maketh a whole man.”

In 1939, Santa Fe artist Brooks Willis painted the Ilfeld murals as part of New Mexico’s Works Project Federal Art Project.

New Deal programs put Americans to work in public works projects such as the Ilfeld murals.


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