Stevenson Library Digital Collections

Eleanor Roosevelt: Patron Saint of the Arts

This exhibition examines the hidden and important role Eleanor Roosevelt played in the formation of New Deal arts programs, as well as her advocacy for the fine arts in American culture. Mrs. Roosevelt articulated multiple dimensions to the role of art in American culture: the connection between making and participating, the appreciation of beauty in simple things, and art as a means to connect individuals to larger national narratives. This exhibition examines these themes through personal correspondence, speeches, radio broadcasts, and especially art objects. 


Curated by John Ohrenberger ('16)