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Sister Corita Kent - Feminist Nun turned Artist

Corita Kent (Sister Mary Corita Kent) was born November 20th, 1918.

In 1936 started her career as a Catholic nun and educator. During her career she began taking art classes, and received a masters in art history, later chairing the art history department at Immaculate Heart College in L.A. California.

In 1968 she decided to leave the order to pursue a full-time career as an artist. Prior to her leaving, her classes were a mecca to artists, directors and inventors like Alfred Hitchcock and Buckminster Fuller.

Kent was known for her silk screens, and she often juxtaposed spiritual writing alongside symbols of consumerist culture. She was a well-known activist, fighting for civil rights, anti-war causes, and women’s rights.

She died September 18th 1986.

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