Just to Live Is Holy: Women Religious and a Tradition of Art, Faith and Justice

September 22, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Just to Live Is Holy: Women Religious and a Tradition of Art, Faith and Justice

Just to Live Is Holy features more than a dozen artists affiliated with a religious order, each of whom has made a unique contribution to our understanding of the relationship between art and faith and the importance of social justice.

A highlight of the exhibit will be the inclusion of works by internationally-known artist, Corita Kent (American, 1918-1986). Born in Fort Dodge, Iowa a century ago, Kent taught at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles for more than two decades, where she developed a distinctive, Pop Art style, blending bold color and graphic imagery with scripture and poetry to form a language at once personal and universal.

Works by more than a dozen noted local and regional women religious artists are featured in the exhibition, including: Corita Kent, Louise Kames; Sr. Helen Kerrigan, BVM; Sr. Margaret Mear, BVM; Sr. Blanche Marie Gallagher, BVM; Sr. James Ann Walsh, BVM; Sr. Carmelle Zserdin, BVM; Sr. Barbara Cerny, BVM; Sr. Catharine Wall, O.P.; Sr. Joeann Daley, O.P.; Sr. Chiara Pauloni, O.P.; Sr. Carrie Link, PBVM; Sr. Kay Cota, PBVM; and Sr. Marie Barth, PBVM.

A fully-illustrated catalogue is being published in conjunction with the exhibition and will include essays by Dr. Paulette Skiba, BVM, professor of religious studies at Clarke University; Louise Kames, chair of the Art Department at Clarke University; Sister Rhonda Miska; and John August Swanson, a Los Angeles-based artist and former student of Corita Kent.

Related programs and exhibitions will take place at Clarke University Quigley Gallery and Mt. Carmel.