Original National Park Poster Artwork      
by Robert B. Decker

An exclusive Graphic Art Collection of America's National Parks...35 years in the making.

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National Park Posters is the premiere source for original WPA-style posters of America's National Parks.

Photographer and graphic artist Rob Decker, who studied under Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park when he was just 19, has been photographing our National Parks for the past 35 years. Now he's creating original artwork for each park using WPA-period styles, but with imagery and color palettes that are more natural and representative of today's real world visitor experience.

Every poster (13" x 19") and postcard (4" x 6") is printed on "Conservation" a domestically-produced, environmentally-friendly, 100% recycled paper stock with soy-based inks and the greenest printing standards. From start to finish, every poster is 100% American Made.

About the WPA

In the 1930s, the Federal Government created the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, the Works Progress Administration (renamed the Work Project Administration (WPA) in 1939).

The WPA employed millions of mostly unemployed unskilled men to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings, regional airports and roads.

Almost every community in the United States had a new park, bridge or school constructed. The WPA's initial appropriation in 1935 was $4.9 billion, and in total spent $13.4 billion.

In the smaller, but more famous project — the Federal Project Number One — the WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects. It commissioned hundreds of artists to create thousands of poster designs for public exhibits, community activities, theatrical productions, health, safety and educational programs, nature and travel.

The Federal Art Project at its peak employed more than 5,300 artists. Artists from the Art Teaching Division were employed in settlement houses and community centers to give classes to an estimated 50,000 children and adults. They set up over 100 art centers around the country that served an estimated eight million individuals.

Included in these Federal Art Project designs were National Park posters, designed to encourage Americans to travel and explore our national treasures. By the end of the WPA era, only 26 National Parks had been established and only 14 national park posters had been created. The National Park Posters designs I have created in the style of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) artists are a tribute to their work.

These posters are not endorsed or sponsored by the National Park Service or the Department of the Interior. They are intended to be reminiscent of the WPA style of posters from the 1930s and 1940s. National Park Posters is not associated in any way with the National Park Service or the Department of the Interior.

Limited Edition National Park Poster Collections

State Collections

State collections include Arizona (Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest & Saguaro), Colorado (Rocky Mountain, Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde & Black Canyon of the Gunnison), Florida (Everglades, Biscayne & Dry Tortugas), Montana (Glacier & Yellowstone), Utah (Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef & Zion), and Wyoming (Yellowstone & Grand Teton).

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Regional Collections

The Current Regional Collections include:
National Parks of the Colorado Plateau
National Parks of the Rocky Mountains
National Parks of the Grand Circle

These collections let you choose your favorite National Parks by region and are the perfect way to bring your favorite National Parks into your home or office.

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Kickstarter Collections

Together, the 2014 & 2015 Kickstarter Collections include posters for Acadia, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Haleakala, Saguaro, Rocky Mountain, Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Everglades, Biscayne, Dry Tortugas, Glacier, Yellowstone, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Zion, Grand Teton and Yosemite.

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These National Park Posters are original works of art, and are numbered, signed and signed by the artist, Robert B. Decker. The posters are created in the style of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), when the Federal Government — in the 1930s and 1940s — commissioned hundreds of artists to create thousands of poster designs for public exhibits, community activities, theatrical productions, health, safety and educational programs, nature and travel. By the end of the WPA era, only 26 National Parks had been established and only 14 parks had posters created for them.

Photographer and graphic artist, Rob Decker, studied photography with Ansel Adams in the summer of 1979 in Yosemite National Park when he was just 19, an experience that solidified his love of photography and our National Parks. Now he is on a journey to photograph and create iconic WPA-style posters of all 59 major national parks in time for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016. This is NOT a reproduction of a poster made during the WPA era. This is original artwork, created from original photography...in the 21st Century. These original, full-color limited edition prints are 13" x 19".

Making a Difference

The mission of the National Park Service is to preserve the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

I'm trying to make a difference by donating a percentage of all on line sales to organizations, associations, trusts and conservancies that support the National Parks.