ICA staff recently completed the installation of two murals by WPA-era Cleveland artist Elmer Brown (1909-1971). Brown, one of the few African-American artists working for the WPA in the region, painted two depictions of life in his adopted city now known as “Cleveland Past” and “Cleveland Present.”
The murals were originally installed in the Valleyview Housing Project in Tremont, a neighborhood on Cleveland’s west side. ICA removed the murals from Valleyview several years ago, as it was scheduled for demolition and reconstruction as a new housing development now called Tremont Pointe. Cleveland State University contributed money toward the conservation of the Brown murals and is now taking them on long-term loan, while slightly smaller scale digital reproductions of the pieces have already been installed at Tremont Pointe.
The original murals will grace the new multi-million dollar Cleveland State University Student Center, scheduled to open on Euclid Avenue in Fall 2010.