Auriel Bessemer

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Auriel Bessemer (February 27, 1909 – 1986) was an American muralist, painter, designer, illustrator and author born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He studied with Leon Kroll and Arthur Covey, at the Art Students League in New York City, Columbia University, and National Academy of Design.[1]

Bessemer was an artist with the Section of Painting and Sculpture. He painted post office murals in Winnsboro, South Carolina and Hazlehurst, Mississippi. He also completed seven murals at the United States Post Office in Arlington, Virginia.[2][3][4][5] His Virginia murals depict agricultural and historical scenes and local destinations such as Great Falls and Roosevelt Island. The murals reflected local history and were designed to instill national pride in viewers.[6]


  1. ^ Gilbert, Dorothy B., ed., Who’s Who in American Art, The American Federation of Arts, R.R. Bowker Company, NY 1963
  2. ^ McIntosh, Toby, Apple Picking, Tobacco Harvesting and General Lee; Arlington's New Deal Murals and Muralist, Bookbaby, 2016
  3. ^ Park, Marlene and Gerald E. Markowitz, Democratic vistas: Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal, Temple University Press, Philadelphia 1984
  4. ^ American Art Annual, Geographical Dictionary Of Murals and Sculptures commissioned by Section of Fine Arts, Public Buildings Administration, Federal Works Agency. The American Federation of Arts, 1941 pp 623 – 658
  5. ^ "Registry". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  6. ^ "Main Post Office Murals - Arlington VA - Living New Deal". Living New Deal. Retrieved 2016-03-05.