Updated: 02/04/2014 5:52 AM
Created: 02/03/2014 5:07 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste
Joan Mondale, 83, who built a reputation as a national cultural arts advocate while her husband was vice president, has died.
Her family issued a statement through their church saying she died Monday afternoon with family by her side.
"We are grateful for the expressions of love and support we have received. Joan was greatly loved by many. We will miss her dearly," said Vice-President Mondale.
Mondale was so passionate about the arts that she was nicknamed "Joan of Art." She herself was an avid potter when her husband Walter, then a Democratic U.S. senator from Minnesota, was elected Jimmy Carter's vice president in 1976.
Carter named Joan Mondale honorary chairwoman of the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. She traveled frequently to museums, theaters and artists' studios on the administration's behalf, and lobbied Congress and the states for more spending on public arts programs.
A Service in Celebration of the Life of Joan Mondale will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403. The time of the service is pending.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.