Black Canyon of the Gunnison WPA Style Poster


Between 1935 and 1943, the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration crafted an impressive array of over two million posters, showcasing 35,000 distinct designs. These artistic creations aimed to captivate the public's imagination, promoting various aspects of education, theater, health, safety, and travel. Within this initiative, WPA artists ingeniously fashioned 14 designs representing national park units. While a mere 1400 WPA national park posters were initially produced, only 40 of these original pieces endure today. This preservation owes much to the dedicated efforts of then-ranger Doug Leen, who passionately pursued any remaining national park posters.

The revival of the distinctive WPA style garnered immediate popularity, prompting numerous National Parks to enlist Ranger Doug for the continuation of this series. The result? Contemporary designs seamlessly embodying the spirit of the original WPA pieces. In the present day, there exists only one authentic source for these WPA-inspired artworks, and WNPA takes pride in offering these designs for several of our partner parks.

This Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Poster, created through serigraphy, captures the canyon and the Gunnison River from above. The precise technique brings out the beauty of the rugged cliffs and flowing river in vibrant colors. Add a touch of vintage charm to your space and embrace the southwestern wonder of Black Canyon with this uniquely crafted poster, reminiscent of the WPA era.

  • Official park poster approved by the National Park Service for Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • High quality hand screened serigraph poster
  • Size: 13 1/2" x 19"
  • Made in the United States
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