Mary Corita Kent


Corita Kent, born in 1918 in Iowa, was an American nun known by the name of Sister Mary Corita. She joined the Immaculate Heart of Mary as a teenager and eventually going on to head the art department at Immaculate Heart College. Often screenprinting her works, Corita Kent’s posters and serigraphs combined watercolor paintings with printed pieces. While her early works were often religious in nature, she became a dedicated activist for social justice in the 1960s, and her later work is more political, focusing on subjects like war and poverty.

Corita Kent’s prints continued to evolve after she left the order in 1968 and took on a more secular and commercial design as she accepted more outside commissions. After battling cancer for many years, she passed away in 1986. Corita Kent’s prints are prolific in number yet highly collectible. You can find contemporary and vintage serigraph prints for sale at auction.

Upcoming Lots

Corita (Sister Mary) Kent (1918-1986), "Someday is Now," 1964

Estimate $1,500 - $2,500

Corita (Sister Mary) Kent (1918-1986), "Ark," 1962

Estimate $800 - $1,200

Corita (Sister Mary) Kent (1918-1986), "Magpie in the Sky"

Estimate $800 - $1,200

Corita (Sister Mary) Kent (1918-1986), "One Must Not Cut Oneself Off from the World," 1967

Estimate $1,200 - $1,800

Past Lots

Corita Kent, (1918-1986, American), "Harness The Sun," 1967, Screen print in colors on paper, DelMonico Books., Prestel, New York, pub.

Sold: $3,500

Sister Mary Corita Kent, (1918-1986, American), "Magpie in the Sky", Color screenprint on paper under Plexiglas, Sheet: 35" H x 23.25"

Sold: $2,812

Sister Mary Corita Kent, (1918-1986, American), "Jacob's Ladder," 1960, Color screenprint on wove paper, Image: 14.5" H x 10.25" W; Sh

Sold: $2,500

Mary (Sister) Corita Kent (1918-1986), Partial set of four screenprints in colors from "Words of Ugo Betti," 1965, together with the book; Each image/sheet: 17.125" H x 13.5" W; Book: 17.5" H x 14" W x 0.25" D

Sold: $2,250