A Long Look Slow Art at the National Gallery

Did you know the US government once actually paid artists to work? During the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration helped launch the career of Edward L. Loper, a prominent artist from Wilmington, Delaware.

We’ll find out how his lifelong curiosity, study, and teaching built a successful career lasting more than 60 years.

“Quarry” by Edward Loper, American, c. 1937, Corcoran Collection (The Evans-Tibbs Collection, Gift of Thurlow Evans Tibbs, Jr.)

“Chair” is one of Loper’s beautiful illustrations for the Index of American Design. You can see more on the American Drawings page on the Gallery’s site. The Index is listed in the sidebar. You can get a version to zoom and pan around in here.


“A Long Look” theme is “Ascension” by Ron Gelinas youtu.be/jGEdNSNkZoo

Episode theme is “Night on the Docks – Sax” by Kevin MacLeod.  Licensed under a CC-BY Creative Commons Attribution License.

Artwork Information


Gaudiano, N. (2009, Nov 19). Bidens’ New Home a Gallery for Delaware Art. Gannett News Service (PDF)

Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.dclibrary.idm.oclc.org/docview/450231157?accountid=46320

Exhibition catalogs

The Art of Edward L. Loper, Sr: On the Path of the Masters, University Museums of the University of Delaware, 2007

Edw. L. Loper: From the Prism’s Edge, Delaware Art Museum, 1996.


Oral history interview with Edward L. Loper, 1964 Mar. 26 

Edward Loper : African American Painter (Video)

Edward Loper: Prophet of Color (Video)

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