Farrel Levy on Sister Mary Corita

“Even though she was a politial activist... she also saw a place for joy.”

Editor Farrel Levy tells the story of visual artist Corita Kent, a Catholic nun whose commitment to social justice— combined with an open mind and a sense of humor— led her to create vibrant serigraphs that merge American ad campaigns, pop culture imagery and quotes from the world’s religions, turning these pieces into startlingly moving art that is still relevant today.


Farrel Levy


Farrel Levy was trained as an artist at Cooper Union but has made a career as a film and television editor with credits including: Dirty Dancing, NYPD Blue, Primal Fear, Damages and Nashville. She has also been a television director and teaches editing at The American Film Institute. She is the mother of two daughters who never cease to make her proud.

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Sister Mary Corita

Sister Mary Corita Kent’s artwork, with its messages of love and peace, was particularly popular during the social upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s. As both a nun and a woman making art in the twentieth century, she was in many ways cast to the margins of the different movements she was a part of. In recent years, Corita has gained increased recognition for her role in the Pop Art movement.