Corita Kent Screen Prints Included in 2018 Art on the Vine Auction

February 9, 2018

Oregon College of Art and Craft is excited to include an edition of screen prints by noted artist Corita Kent ("Sister Corita") in this year's Art on the Vine gala auction event. Her work, which can be found in the collections of institutions all over the world, is known for its bright colors and social justice themes. The set available at the auction, Damn Everything But the Circus, is from an edition of about 50 - Corita did not number her prints - and was inspired by an archive of Ringling Circus posters, turn-of-the-century advertising type, and the e e cummings poem "Damn Everything But The Circus."

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 in and then heading up the art department at Immaculate Heart College. Her work evolved from figurative and religious 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 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. (

The prints are a generous donation to the school from collectors Donald and Sarah Newlands. For full details, please click here and visit page 7 of the auction preview catalog.

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