News Release - “Through and Beyond the Pandemic” Exhibit at City Hall Link Gallery to Run Through June 6

City of Rochester 


News Release


Opening Reception & Celebration: Friday, May 6, 2022: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

(Monday, May 2, 2022) – “Through and Beyond the Pandemic,” an exhibit curated by Asian/Pacific Islander/American Association of Greater Rochester (APAA) President Mimi Lee, is on display at the City Hall Link Gallery through June 6. The exhibit recognizes the resiliency of the Asian/Pacific Islander community through and beyond the pandemic. The APAA is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.


“‘Through and Beyond the Pandemic’ highlights both individual and organizational frames that reflect cross-generations by age, gender, ethnicity, profession and culture,” said Lee. “Visitors can browse through the collection and engage in ways to experience the powerful emotions of the artists’ fear, anxieties, panic, and anger as well as love, hope, strength and tenacity.”


Individual frames include a Gen Z, talented high-school student who created, “The Fiery Skies” depicting a man wearing a hazmat suit; his mask broken, revealing a crying face…to a Baby Boomer, a retired bioscience researcher and amateur artist’s oil canvas of “A Chinese Woman Warrior” whose facial determination and steady eyes fight injustice with a quiet dignity. Other works include “No Greater Love,” a photographic tribute to honor thy father and mother; a shameful, self-portrait, on acrylic oil canvas, of “Being Too Asian”; and Jean’s Jewels, a Shell Tribal Necklace piece inspired by her Filipino-Ifugao heritage and her “Superheroes” photographic tribute to the 30.1% of Filipino registered nurses nationally, who lost their lives to COVID-19 in the line of duty.


Organizational frames include:

  • The Chinese School of Rochester highly engaging in loving a community back despite being in a most vulnerable state;
  • Members of the Indian Heritage Museum spun into action by creating nine exhibits during the pandemic and a poster collage depicting their good works.
  • GENseng, SUNY Geneseo’s Asian American Performance Ensemble presses on with two plays while exploring and utilizing Zoom technology during the pandemic shutdown.
  • APAA celebrates 20 years of milestones with four collages depicting the following:
  • First Five Years: "The APA-HiP Story 2002-2006";
  • Ten Years Later: "See Us Now" exhibit at Link Gallery in 2013;
  • Towards 15 Years: "Creating our Legacy” exhibit in 2018 and “Embracing our Heritage” exhibit in 2019 at Link Gallery;
  • The Final Stretch: 2022 -- 20th Year Anniversary "Through and Beyond the Pandemic” exhibit at the Link Gallery, April 12 to June 6, 2022.


APAA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization committed to a stronger Greater Rochester Area community where diverse Asian/Pacific Islander-American (APA) peoples are valued; and their heritages and histories are preserved and celebrated. For more information, visit their website at


The City of Rochester values the visual arts as an educational and aesthetic experience. More importantly, the City sees local art as part of the culture of this region. With this in mind, the Link Gallery, established 1981, promotes the art and art culture of the area. The Gallery, located at 30 Church Street on the first floor of City Hall in the corridor connecting Building A to Building B, is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Link Gallery is free, handicapped accessible, and open to the public.


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