Student’s COVID-inspired artwork selected for magazine cover
“I chose to make her Mexican because my grandmother is of Mexican descent on her father’s side. I also made her a nurse because of their importance during this struggling time. I sketched her out in about 25 to 30 minutes and painted her within two days.” The end result was a stunning acrylic painting showing the strength and courage of health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The painting was featured on Penn State’s Viral Imaginations: COVID-19 Project and was printed on T-shirts for nurses to purchase.
In December 2020, the editors of The State College Magazine in State College were developing a story about the healing power of art. In their research, they came across Penn State’s Viral Imaginations Gallery and Jess’s unique Rosie caught their attention. They contacted Jess about using her artwork for the article. Not only did they want to use Jess’s artwork, it was selected for the front cover of the magazine.