Madill, Oklahoma current post office
- Ethel Magafan
WPA Mural "Prairie Fire" detail
TE photo, 2009
Magafan and her twin sister Jenne suppored themselves by mural commissions in
the 1930s. Born in 1916, Jenne died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1952.
Both women married artists and moved to the art colony in Woodstock, New York
where they worked until their respective deaths, Ethel dying in 1993.
Ethel studied under muralist Frank
Mechau and her work includes murals in Auburn, Nebraska (Threshing), Denver
(Horse Corral) and Madill, Oklahoma (Prairie Fire). The sisters worked together
and Jenne’s mural entitled Cowboy
Dance (Anson, Texas)
is on the short list of favorites of Texas’
nearly ninety (original count) murals.
Oklahoma WPA Mural “Prairie Fire" by Ethel Magafan
A tempera painting
installed in 1941
TE photos, 2009
Artist Ethel Magafan's Signature |
Magafan at Palisades Reservoir Idaho|
Courtesy US Dept of the Interior, Bureau