Corita Kent (American, 1918-1986) was an artist, educator, and advocate for social justice. Originally from Iowa, in 1936, Corita joined the order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Angeles, taking the name Sister Mary Corita. She began teaching in the Immaculate Heart College art department by 1947 and produced her first serigraphs in the early 50s. While her first prints consisted of dense, figurative compositions with religious themes and iconography, by 1962 —after seeing Andy Warhol's Campbell’s Soup cans at Ferus Gallery— her work evolved into a singular mode of pop art. Reflecting a wide breadth of disciplinary interests, her bright compositions were not limited to the staple imagery and language of consumer and mass culture but also integrated philosophy, literature, street signage, scripture, and song lyrics in bold text and abstract forms.