George Snow Hill: A WPA Artist and His Contributions to Florida and Tampa Bay

Diane M. Craig

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Abstract

Artist and muralist George Snow Hill was St. Petersburg’s only known link to the Work Progress Administration’s Federal Arts Project, an innovative program that paid citizens to creatively chronicle 1930s America. Perhaps Florida’s most prolific New Deal muralist, Hill, and his many works, have remained virtually unknown to most Floridians, and to many in his adopted city. Undoubtedly defined by a charge of visual racism in 1966, Hill’s cultural contributions to the St. Petersburg’s art community have drifted into obscurity. Through a review of his work, especially his murals in Pinellas County, ephemera that included personal correspondence, and newspaper clippings, and in conversations with those who knew the family, this paper has attempted to illuminate Hill’s life, and provide context and texture to St. Petersburg’s link to FDR’s noble experiment of art for the masses.