Joan Mondale visiting Jud Nelson in his Brooklyn studio. Jud is leaning on his marble sculpture, Hefty 2-Ply, which is almost finished and ready for unveiling at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. 1980.

Learning of Joan Mondale’s passing this week brought back lots of memories for Jud Nelson. He was recommended by Vice President Mondale and his wife, Joan, to carve the official bust of Mondale for the Capital building. Carving Mondale’s bust involved a lot of time with Fritz and Joan for sittings. It was a heady time – Joan was nicknamed Joan of Art for her advocacy for the arts and she supported contemporary artists in many unique ways throughout her life in politics and government. The Mondale’s art collection included Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Edward Ruscha and Frank Stella.

We salute Joan’s life and her contributions to the arts.

Are you interested in Jud Nelson’s sculpture?