- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) - A new painting has been added among seven Depression-era murals that lined the lobby walls in Highlands University’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium.

Recent Highland graduate Dyna Amaya-Lainez painted the new piece after officials couldn’t locate a mysteriously missing mural. She painted a new 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.

In 2015, the New Mexico New Deal Preservation Society held a contest to commission an artist to paint a new version of the missing mural to complete the series.

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