(1907 – 1988)
Eckel was born and died in Washington D.C. Her most active time as an artist was during the Great Depression when she was working under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Public Works of Art Project. The program lasted for about 6 months between December 1933 and June 1934 and was part of Roosevelt’s famous New Deal aimed at getting out of work artists creating art once again. The work made as part of this program captured what life was like during the Great Depression, particularly the solidarity and struggle of the American people.