From Press Release
During Tom Lea Month (July 2009), the El Paso Museum of Art will display five original drawings from Tom Lea’s (1907-2001) 1936 mural done for the Ben Franklin Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. The drawings are on loan from Adair Margo Fine Art and will be on display in the Museum’s Ginger Francis Seminar Room. Called The Nesters, the mural was Lea’s first mural project award under the Treasury Department’s Section of Fine Arts Department. The drawings were created in Lea’s studio on Texas Street in El Paso and are the only remnant of this mural. The original was removed from the wall in a remodeling project after World War II, rolled and stashed in an unknown location.
This program is generously funded by the Tom Lea Endowment, El Paso Museum of Art Foundation.