Seymour Fogel (August 24, 1911 – December 4, 1984) was an American artist whose artistic output included social realist art early in the century, abstract art and expressionist art at mid-century, and transcendental art late in the century. His drive to experiment led him to work with expected media – oil paints, watercolors, and acrylics – as well as unconventional media such as glass, plastics, sand, and wax.
The murals Seymour Fogel executed for the PWAP expressed a persistent optimism – a faith in the institutions and qualities of the American character that many said had been trampled and destabilized by the Great Depression.
Fogel was, in this mural, illustrating Roosevelt’s dictum that “In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people.”