New Macalester studio arts building named for alumna Joan Mondale

The Macalester College Board of Trustees has named a new campus building the “Joan Adams Mondale Hall of Studio Art.”

Mondale, the wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale, died in February. She graduated from Macalester in 1952.

The building, a studio arts facility renovation and expansion, “includes spaces that are larger, more modern, and more flexible than was previously the case, allowing faculty members and students to work together under the same roof for the first time in many years,” the college said.

In a statement, Walter Mondale said:

“We are thrilled by Macalester College’s decision to honor Joan Mondale’s lifetime devotion to Macalester and to the arts. This decision perfectly fits her years at Macalester, what Macalester meant to her, the role of her family and the years she spent on the Macalester Board and the other ways she remained deeply involved in the life of Macalester College. The Adams-Mondale family is profoundly grateful that Macalester is naming this magnificent center and Hall of Studio Art in her honor.”  

Macalester President Brian Rosenberg said:

“It’s fitting to name our new Studio Art building after Joan, a life-long advocate for both the arts and Macalester College. Joan combined both passions when, as a trustee, she suggested setting aside one percent of construction project budgets to be used for public art on campus. As a result, the Joan Adams Mondale Hall of Studio Art is filled with sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics, all forms of art that she loved.” 

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