Corita Kent a.k.a. Sister Mary Corita

Los Angles, USA

Immaculate Heart Community
5515 Franklin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Corita Kent (1918 – 1986), also known as Sister Corita, gained international fame for her vibrant silkscreens during the 1960s and 1970s. A Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, she ran the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College until 1968 when she left the Order and moved to Boston. Corita was born Frances Kent in 1918 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She grew up in Los Angeles and joined the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1936, taking the name Sister Mary Corita. She graduated from Immaculate Heart College in 1941 and then taught grade school in British Columbia. In 1946 she returned to Immaculate Heart College to teach art. In 1951, she received a master’s degree in art history from the University of Southern California; it is also the year she exhibited her first silkscreen print. By the 1960s, she was using popular culture (such as song lyrics and advertising slogans) as raw material for her meaning-filled bursts of text and color. Corita’s work reflected her spirituality, her commitment to social justice and her hope for peace.
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