Sudha Alvakonda by Eric Anderson

Lifeline: Portraits of Rochester Essential Workers by Local Artists honors local heroes. Eighteen local artists were brought together to create portraits currently exhibited at the Rochester Art Center in the second floor City View gallery. Visit the virtual gallery: Click Here.

During this public health crisis when most of us have retreated into the safety of our homes during the shelter-in-place order, brave essential workers risk exposure to COVID-19 or support our community during this time of need. Essential workers were nominated by our community through a call for nominations. We received many worthy candidates! Eighteen were selected and paired with artists who generously donated their time and creativity to honor the daily sacrifice and the stories of these heroes workers. The artistic community of Rochester and the Rochester Art Center are proud to support this worthy tribute to those who have helped us through the crisis.

Artists Include:
Alessandra Sulpy
Anna Canfield
Bobby Marines
Brea Gilchrist
Carley McHenry
Chris Rackley
Heather Acerro
Eric Anderson
Eric Tarr
Jennifer Jesseph
Maggie Pemberton
Monika Gloviczki
Patricia Dunn-Walker
Simon Huelsbeck
Susan Waughtal

Tom Roster
Zoe Cinel

Heroes Include:
Heather Adamson, Kimberly Dahl, Ingrid Alvarez
Sudha Alvakonda
Cindi Bannon
Shala Bain
Mary Benike

Kevon Brown
Tara Churchill
Tom Graham
Dr. Matthew Hernandez
Zoey Jantsan
Teresa Lacey
Connie Luedtke
Dr. Jay Myers
Dr. Priya Sampathkumar
Aikong See
Susan Shapiro
Chad Thacker
Mary Ellen & Mark Warner

Honorable Mentions:

Sherry Alexander | Monica Aswegan | Ashley Braun | Shama Chopp, RN | Franklin Power Plant Operators | Tara Hofschulte | Michelle Kingland | Kara Maloney | Ashley Matejka | Michelle Simmons | Mari Charisse Trinidad, MD

Related Programming


A virtual class on how to paint a portrait 

In conjunction with the Lifeline: Portraits of Rochester Essential Workers exhibition, Rochester Art Center is offering a virtual class taught by Rochester artist Pat Dunn-Walker, a current exhibiting artist. Participants will gain a working knowledge of the mechanical elements of portraiture such as proportion and shading. Via video tutorial, Dunn-Walker will  briefly discuss different styles of portraiture and then each artist will create their own self or other portrait at their own pace. Artists will then gather via Zoom for a check-in with the instructor and each other, get more work time on their own, then check in for a final critique via Zoom. Basic painting supply kits are provided for use in class (paint, canvas, and brushes) Please have an 8×10 front view of your portrait subject to work from.

Session 1: Saturday, December 5th | pick up kits and access the video tutorial

Wednesday, December 9th 7:00 PM | Check-in on your progress with the instructor and classmates via Zoom

Saturday, December 12th 1:00 PM | Final Critique with the instructor and classmates via Zoom


Session 2: Saturday, January 9th | pick up kits and access the video tutorial

Wednesday, January 13th  7:00 PM | Check-in on your progress with the instructor and classmates via Zoom

Saturday, January 16th 1:00 PM | Final Critique with the instructor and classmates via Zoom

Tuition per session: $75 General Public $65  Art Center Members

Tuition includes instruction and basic painting supplies to use during class. Experienced artists may use their own favorite supplies in addition to the basic supplies if desired. Need to rent an easel for use at home? Simply mark the “Rent a Table Top Easel” option when purchasing your ticket online.

Stay connected by joining the Facebook event page: Click Here

Artist Bio | Patricia Dunn-Walker

I am originally from Illinois where I received my training in graphic design. I moved to Minnesota to pursue a career in design. After working in the design field for a number of years I took a year-long break to teach English in Japan. Immersing myself in such a visually rich and ancient culture inspired me to shift my focus from commercial work to fine art.

I moved to Rochester, raised a family and now I live here with my husband and miniature poodle. I have always been inspired by collage. I collect found paper and old print because it has a past history that adds an organic quality to my paintings. I strive to create a sense of excitement and balance in my own work. I get essential inspiration from collaborating with other artists and from working with people from other disciplines.

I show my work at galleries around Minnesota and at Gallery 24 in Rochester.