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 Harry William Scheuch  (1906 - 1978)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania/New Jersey      Known for: mod genre-streets, mural

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Harry William Scheuch (Pennsylvania Dutch Surname, Shoyshh) was born April 5,1906 in Elizabeth N.J. and died in Pittsburgh, 1978. Harry's mother and father died in 1911 when he was 5 years old. He was placed in the care of his aunt in the Pittsburgh area. Harry grew up in the Pittsburgh area and attended Carnegie Institute of Technology. In the late-1930s, Scheuch found employment with the federal government's Works Progress Administration. From 1937 to 1940 he served as head of the Federal Art Project in Pittsburgh.

During this time he was commissioned to paint murals for some of the public buildings in the Pittsburgh Area. For the post office in Scottdale he painted a mural showing the early Mennoites who founded the town. He also painted a nine by thirty-six foot mural for the Common Pleas Courtroom No. 11 in the Pittsburgh City-County Building. The Westmoreland County Museum of Art hosted a one-man show by Scheuch in March and April, 1962, and in April and May, 1983, the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania exhibited a collection of 31 paintings by the late artist. "Nuturing the Heritage of WPA Art," with illustration of Scheuch's Scottdale, PA, post office mural," Architecture, vol. 72, December 1983, pp. 26-27. He did other paintings with titles Finishing the Cathedral of Learning (1934) Off-Hand Glass Blowing.

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