More than 65 murals, 650 paintings, 10 sculptures, and a variety of other works of art artworks were funded by the WPA in New Mexico. Many of the artists who defined the “southwestern look" in the early 20th century were involved, like Peter Hurd, Gustave Baumann, Bert Phillips, and Ernest L. Blumenschein. The WPA programs also boosted the careers of up-and-coming native artists in the 1930s, like Allan Houser, Pablita Velarde, and Maria Martinez.
Gallup has an impressive collection of New Deal creations, including architecture, hand-carved wood furniture, Spanish Colonial-style tinwork, prints, murals, western American paintings, and Native art. It is one of the largest collections in New Mexico. In total, there are 156 objects housed in five different locations, not all of which are open to the public. However, the McKinley County Courthouse is a readily accessible opportunity to see several New Deal creations, including the building itself.