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William Karp Portrait

William Karp

Born:
New York, New York 1905

Photo Caption:
Courtesy of Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, 1935-1942. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Luce Artist Biography

William Karp grew up on New York’s East Side and studied at the Art Students League and the American Artists School. He was involved in the Works Progress Administration during the 1930s, first as an administrator who hired artists, then as a master mural artist, designing and overseeing work on various projects. Karp stopped painting for several years after the WPA projects ended, and only returned to art later in life as a sculptor.