Art Through the Pandemic is a public art installation by 15 junior and senior De art students now on display in the lobby of the Diana E. Murphy U.S. Courthouse in downtown Minneapolis. The show opened on March 18 and will continue through September. The paintings, drawings, and mixed media highlight the importance of creativity and expression during especially difficult times. Chief Judge John Tunheim has been instrumental in founding a program of promoting Minnesota artists to the visitors of the courthouse. On Tuesday, April 26, a classy reception for the artists and their families was presented by the courthouse judges, attorneys, and staff. While guests enjoyed scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, a short program of welcome and commendation was presented. Judge Tunheim thanked the artists and encouraged the development of their talents. De students Vivian Woodland and Téa Dekker shared thoughts about having an online art class during the COVID pandemic.
Local news station KSTP filmed the program and visited DeLaSalle the next day to meet the honors art students and instructor Ms. Megan Longman.