UPDATE: Due to popular demand, the exhibit will remain open until Jan. 31. Visitors are reminded to adhere to safety recommendations for face coverings and social distancing.
There is no greater loss than that of a loved one. The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 1,700 people in Dallas County, many of whom lived in Irving. While we grieve, it’s also important we memorialize the legacy of those we have lost. The “Faces of COVID” exhibit is a chance for Irving families and loved ones to honor the departed.
Rosie Davis, an Irving resident and philanthropist, approached the city with an idea to allow the community the opportunity to honor Irving residents who passed away from the coronavirus. Thanks to the City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department, the Irving Archives and Museum and the Communications Department, Davis’ idea came to fruition.
The exhibit features artwork dedicated to victims of COVID-19 and includes a memorial wall. The art comes from 15-year-old Hannah Ernst from New Jersey. Ernst gained national recognition for her portraits of COVID-19 victims. Ernst was inspired to create her collection after losing her grandfather in May 2020.
Residents wishing to contribute to the wall are invited to decorate a yellow heart dedicated to someone they’ve lost. Blank hearts and writing supplies will be available onsite for visitors. Residents also can submit a heart electronically. A staff member will print the heart and display it on the wall on the resident’s behalf.
The exhibit will be open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 4 through Jan. 31 in the lobby of the Jack D. Huffman Community Building, 801 W. Irving Blvd.
Admission is free, and reservations are not required. However, visitors will be expected to wear a mask or face covering over their nose and mouth, and respect social distancing guidelines.