Ethel Magafan (1916-1993)
Artist Ethel Magafan at
Palisades Reservoir, Minidoka Project, Idaho.
Magafan was born August 10, 1916, in Chicago, Illinois. Raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado,
she studied at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center with Frank Mechau, Boardman
Robinson, and Peppino Mangravite, and was a member of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts
Center. Ethel and her twin sister, Jenne, became widely known for their murals painted
during the Depression. In the 1930s, Ethel received her first of seven Government
commissions when she was commissioned to produce a painting for the U.S. Post Office in
Auburn, Nebraska. Other paintings commissioned by the U.S. Government hang in the U.S.
Senate Chamber, the Social Security Building, and the Recorder Deeds Building in
Washington D.C., and in U.S. Post Offices in Wynne, Arkansas; Mudill, Oklahoma; and
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