Dominican Institute for the Arts
Dominican Institute for the Arts
Searching for Truth and Beauty. Preaching through the Transforming Power of the Arts
Searching for Truth and Beauty. Preaching through the Transforming Power of the Arts
The Annual Fra Angelico Award


Year- Place of Gathering - Awardee
1998 (Mission San Jose) Adele Rowland—Photographer, Photomontage
1999 (Sinsinawa) Stephana Toomey—Liturgical Consultant/Interior Design
2000 (Adrian)James Marchionda—Musician/Composer/Vocal/Preacher
2001 Elkins Park)Kathleen Harkins—Drama/Actress
Mary Peter Tremonte—Sculptor/Liturgical Design
2002 (Sinsinawa)Armando Ibanez—Writer/Poet/Film Maker
2003 (Sparkill)Barbara Chenicek—Interior Liturgical Design
                                   Rita Schiltz—Interior Liturgical Design
2004(Racine)Adele Myers—Sculptor/Stain Glass Artist
2005 (Adrian)Thoma Swanson—Painter/Advocate for the Poor
2006 (Mission San Jose)Phyllis Mrozinski—Sculptor
2007 (Racine)Joeann Daley—Printmaker/Mixed Media
2008 (Columbus)Dominic Delay—Film Maker/Writer/Director
2009 (Convent Station)Martha Bartholomew—Weaver of Words&Fabric
2010 (Grand Rapids)Elizabeth Michael Boyle—Poet
2011 (Springfield)Anita Smisek—Composer/Musician/Vocalist
2012 (Oakland)Magdalena Ezoe—Musician/ Composer/ Painter
2013 (Columbus)Barbara Schwarz—Multi-Media
​2014 (Adrian) Alice Van Acker - Painting
2015 (Great Bend) Elaine DesRosiers- Painter/Writer/Poet/Actress/Media
2016 (Racine) Elizabeth Slenker - stained glass/ painting/graphic design
2017 (Adrian) Janet Wright - water colorist
2018 (Adrian) Nancy Murray- Drama
2019 (St. Louis) Sheila Flynn OP- art, writing, 
The Fra Angelico Award is the highest honor that the DIA bestows on one of its members. Originally the Award was carved in alabaster by Phyllis Mrozinski OP. Eventually the DIA commissioned Phyllis to cast it in bronze and clearly depict the Dominican Friar and artist, Fra Angelico. This later version sits on a bronze base with a paintbrush worked into the design to hold the medallion in an upright position. 

The Fra Angelico Award is presented every year to a DIA artist who exemplifies Fra Angelico’s dedication to furthering the Holy Preaching through art.

Criteria used for this designation:
•the artist’s work is of the highest quality in his or her discipline
•it is highly honored in artistic circles
•the artist exemplifies the ideals of the DIA

2019 Fra Angelico Award Recipient

Sheila Flynn OP​

Sheila Flynn OP is a Dominican of Eastern Australia. Her ministry to the people of South Africa and Australia are well documented. She has help the women of the Kopanang Community Trust in South Africa to be a beacon of hope and pass on the blessing of support as they "love the Children" Sheila brings a group of teens from Sydney to minister there in an immersion experience several times a year. The work enables the women to sustain their families. 

She is also an artist, writer and of course Dominican Preacher. Click her name to go to her web page.This year, Membership made it very easy for the Board to make their decision because every nomination we received was for the same person. Furthermore, three of the nominations were from Fra Angelico recipients themselves. To my knowledge, this is a first in DIA history,

Like so many gathered here, one of this artist’s early Dominican ministries was teaching but within that teacher beat the heart of an artist. Within that teacher lived the soul of a Dominican artist yearning to preach the Gospel message through art.

When asked by Congregational Leadership if there was anything they would like to study, the immediate answer was: “Art”. As the saying goes: “…and the rest is history”.

Internationally recognized, twice featured in Global Sisters’ Report, this artist’s podium scans five continents—Asia, Europe, Australia, North American and Africa. The art is inspiring and deeply thought provoking.
This artist’s gifts and talents have not only been exhibited in multiple galleries internationally, they have also been shared with women whose lives have been effected by the scourge of HIV and AIDS. Women who had no hope whatever, now have self-esteem, are empowered to share their art with others and are able to support their families. In an ocean of need, this artist is a life raft of hope.

In one of his Gospels, Matthew tells us: “The gift you have received, give as gift”. This year’s recipient has received multiple gifts and has willingly gifted and shared them with the world.It is with great pleasure, that the Dominican Institute for the Arts presents the 2019 Fra Angelico Award to Dominican Sister of Eastern Australia and the Solomon Islands, Sheila Flynn.