Roman Catholic nun from 1936 to 1968, Corita Kent gained recognition
as an activist and an artist whose bright colors and slogans from
the mass media convey strong social and religious messages. In
her art and in her capacity as a beloved art department chair
of Immaculate Heart College, she was in step with the widespread
questioning of authority that epitomized American during the 1960s.
Her most famous and controversial outdoor work, created during
the Vietnam War, is her monumental rainbow painting on a huge
gas storage tank on the Boston harbor front. Today the Corita
Art Center of the Immaculate Heart Community in California keeps
the artist’s love of life and humanity alive. Her artwork
appeared on the fourth Love stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service.