WPA murals, hidden for years, see light again

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Six murals created for a Works Progress Administration project in the 1930s and 1940s at the University of Rhode Island and thought lost for decades have been rediscovered.

The murals, painted by artist Gino Conti of Providence, were found last month during a $1.5 million renovation of Edwards Hall funded by federal stimulus money. The school announced the find yesterday.

The colorful oil-on-canvas paintings were hung in the entryway of Edwards Hall, an auditorium. Ron Onorato, a URI art history professor, said it was not clear if the find includes all the work Conti did for the project....

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