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Call No.: SC 24
Repository: Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University
Title: Papers of Corita, 1965-1991, undated: A Guide
Date(s): 1965-1991, n.d.
Quantity: 2 linear feet (1 half file box, oversize materials)
Abstract: Exhibition invitations and photographs of artworks on display by Corita, as well as photographs from a class she taught, and from classes taught by other artists, at Immaculate Heart College in the mid-to-late 1960s. There are also Polaroid prints of Corita, correspondence, and clippings.
There are additional papers of Corita Kent at the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
Serigraphic artist Corita Kent was born on November 20, 1918, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, as Frances Elizabeth Kent. In 1936, she joined the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Angeles, taking the name Sister Mary Corita. After graduating from the University of Southern California, where she studied art with Charles and Ray Eames, Corita began teaching art at the Immaculate Heart College (IHC), a Catholic liberal arts women's college in Hollywood, California, run by the Immaculate Heart Sisters of Los Angeles. She left the order in 1968 and moved to Boston to pursue a full-time career as an artist. She received commissions from Boston Gas to design a mural for their 150-foot gas tank, from the Physicians for Social Responsibility to design various peace billboards, and from the United States Postal Service to design the 22-cent "Love" stamp. Corita died on September 18, 1986, in Boston, Massachusetts.
The collection contains oversize exhibition invitations for shows featuring Corita's work, as well as photographs of Corita and of classes she taught at Immaculate Heart College taken by Charles Mikulka, the husband of one of her students, Elinor Mikulka, née Palmer Allen. There is also correspondence from Corita to the Mikulkas, and between Elinor and Gonzaga University doctoral student Barbara Loste regarding her dissertation, Life Stories of Artist Corita Kent (1918–1986): Her Spirit, Her Art, the Woman Within. The collection additionally includes a folder of biographical notes on Corita by Elinor Mikulka. The materials are arranged alphabetically by folder title.
- Corita, 1918-1986
- Immaculate Heart College -- California -- Los Angeles
- Immaculate Heart College -- California -- Los Angeles -- Dept. of Fine Arts
- Art, American – Exhibitions -- 20th century
- Art -- Study and teaching -- 20th Century
- Catholic women -- United States
- Ex-nuns -- United States
- Serigraphy -- 20th Century
- Serigraphy – Exhibitions -- 20th Century
- Women artists -- Massachusetts -– Boston