Cleo Sara, Artists and Models Ball, 1940

A colorful and whimsical poster features a woman in a mask, tutu and stockings, holding the word "Ball" on puppet strings before an open frame. This third annual event was held on Saturday, October 26, 1940 at the Savoy Ballroom and sponsored by the South Side Community Art Center. Designed by Cleo Sara and made by Illinois WPA Art Project, Chicago.



The Works Progress Administration, later renamed the Work Projects Administration, was created under President Roosevelt’s New Deal. This national program created jobs for millions of unemployed men and women to carry out public projects including building construction, arts, media and literacy projects, food and clothing distribution, and housing. Beautifully designed posters were used to create public awareness of the WPA-funded programs, activities, and performances.

Silkscreen on board, Unbacked, 14 x 22 inches
Some restoration has occurred. Inquire for details.
Original vintage posters are rare and availability is subject to prior sale.


Conservation matted and framed.