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Corita Art Center (Los Angeles, CA 90028-5901)
Olivian Cha (Project Director: May 2016 to January 2017)
Keri Marken (Project Director: January 2017 to May 2018)
Olivian Cha (Project Director: May 2018 to present)

Preservation of the Art Center’s Collection

The purchase of environmental monitors, UV light filters, archival enclosures, and storage furniture to rehouse, reorganize, and preserve 12,000 serigraphs produced by Corita Kent, an artist, educator, activist, and nun from Los Angeles’s Immaculate Heart Community.  The Center’s serigraph collection contains over 12,000 examples from 800 unique print editions dating from 1952 through 1986. Subjects include abstract religious themes, popular culture, social justice and, in later years, the natural world. The applicant would reorganize and rehouse the collection to protect the prints from handling risks and environmental conditions, as recommended in a 2016 Collection Stewardship Assessment.

The collections held at the Corita Art Center include over 12,000 serigraphs produced by artist, educator, and activist, Corita Kent. Spanning from 1952 through 1986, the collection displays Corita’s development as an artist and illustrates her impact as a designer and printmaker. The collection is significant to the humanities, not only because of Corita’s influence on art history and graphic design, but also her use of literature, philosophy, and social and political themes, which make the collection invaluable for research in a number of areas, including art, religion, and history. In order to preserve the collection for future research and exhibitions, the Corita Art Center is working to reorganize and rehouse the collection using supplies and equipment recommended during a Collections Stewardship Assessment performed in January 2016. An NEH grant would fund the purchase of supplies and environmental monitoring equipment to improve the conditions of the serigraph collection.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,715 (approved)
$5,715 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2018