Murals at Wilson Foundation Academy

Murals at Joseph C. Wilson Foundation Academy

Peters was awarded the commission for the Madison High School murals in March of 1937. His subject matter—Active Life and Contemplative Life—is a topic that has been debated through time by classical philosophers, medieval mystics, Renaissance humanists and contemporary thinkers. In line with the goals of the WPA, Peters likely intended the lofty subject matter to imbue a sense of ethics and meaning in the lives of the students. When work on the Madison High School murals was completed, photos of them along with Peters’ original preparatory studies were exhibited at MAG in December 1937.

When Madison High School was demolished in the 1980s, the Joseph C. Wilson Foundation Academy became the new site for these murals. Through the fundraising efforts of the Rochester City School District and Thomas H. Miller’s family, both murals were recently conserved and installed in custom-built cases.

Life of Action and Life of Contemplation studies

  • Study for Active Life
  • Study for Active Life
  • Study for Active Life
  • Study for Active Life
  • Study of a Man, for Active Life
  • Studies of Hands
  • Study of a Man, for Active Life
  • Study of a Man, for Active Life
  • Study for Contemplative Life
  • Study for Contemplative Life
  • Study for Contemplative Life
  • Study for Contemplative Life
  • Study for Contemplative Life
  • Study for Contemplative Life
  • Figure Studies for Contemplative Life