During the Great Depression, Lucile Lloyd (1894-1941) built an active career as a mural decorator. Her colorful scenes and stenciled patterns adorned the interiors of numerous homes, schools, restaurants, shops, and public buildings throughout the Los Angeles area. Lloyd lived and worked at a time when murals were at a height of popularity. Hand-painted ornament was fashionable in homes and public buildings alike, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) provided government funding for public murals to ease unemployment during the Depression. In 1935, Lloyd became the first woman artist in Southern California to receive a prestigious WPA commission. The resultant mural, California’s Name, was her last major project. Since Lloyd’s death in 1941, many of her works have been lost. Drawn from the Lucile Lloyd papers at the University of California Santa Barbara Architecture and Design Collection, Lucile Lloyd: A Life in Murals provides a rare look at a prolific but understudied artist.
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