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date: 17 November 2019


(20 November 1918–18 September 1986)
  • Jeffrey M. Burns


Corita (20 November 1918–18 September 1986), artist, was born Frances Elizabeth Kent in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the daughter of Robert Vincent Kent, a businessman, and Edith Genevieve Sanders. The Kent family moved several times, first to Vancouver, Canada, then again to Hollywood, California, where the family settled. In 1936 she entered the religious order Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM), taking the religious name Sister Mary Corita. In 1941 she received her B.A. from Immaculate Heart College, after which she was assigned to the IHM convent in British Columbia. There she taught grade school, including more than one year at a school on an American Indian reservation. She returned to Los Angeles to teach art at Immaculate Heart College (IHC), receiving her master’s degree in art history from the University of Southern California in 1951. She taught art at IHC from 1951 until 1968, serving as chair of the art department from 1964 until 1968....

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