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Corita Kent Day with event description, location
Museum of Art (SMCMoA), Alumni Engagement and Student Life

Corita Day
Give Back to Community

Date & Time


Location (On-campus)

Saint Mary's College Museum of Art
1928 St. Marys Road
Moraga, CA 94575


Join Saint Mary's College Museum of Art in celebrating the act of giving back on Corita Kent's birthday, November 20!

  • Make silkscreens in the spirit of Corita Kent.
  • Explore printmaking practices.
  • Reframe the world through Corita's famous viewfinder activity.
  • Gain insights into local non-profits.

This program is family-friendly; ages 3-15 years is recommended. Thank you to our collaborators and sponsors at the Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture, and Action, North Bay Letterpress Arts, and Girls Garage. 

Who is Corita?

Corita Kent (1918–1986) was an artist, educator, and advocate for social justice. At age 18 she entered the religious order Immaculate Heart of Mary, eventually teaching and then heading the art department at Immaculate Heart College. During the course of her career, her artwork evolved from using figurative and religious imagery to incorporating advertising images and slogans, popular song lyrics, biblical verses, and literature. Throughout the ‘60s, her work became increasingly political, urging viewers to consider poverty, racism, and social injustice. In 1968, she left the order and moved to Boston. After 1970, her work evolved into a sparser, introspective style, influenced by living in a new environment, a secular life, and her battles with cancer. She remained active in social causes until her death in 1986. At the time of her death, she had created almost 800 serigraph editions, thousands of watercolors, and innumerable public and private commissions.


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