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, 
2020  (Zoom) Irene Mary Diones - music, photography, calligraphy
2021 (Racine) Joseph Kilikevic,OP- dance of universal piece, sacred ritual
2022 (Racine) Gerardine Mueller,OP-stone sculpture, wood, clay, mosaic, copper, enamel, stained glass, illumination, glass etching, and calligraphy
2023(St. Louis) Nancyann Turner- -Weavings, art therapy
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

2023 Fra Angelico Award Recipient

Nancyann Turner,OP

Fra Angelico 

The Fra Angelico Award Is the highest honor that the Dominican Institute for the Arts bestows on one of its members.It should be noted that, although the Board makes the final decision, nominations for the Award’s recipient are submitted by us, the members of DIA.

In Matthew’s Gospel, we read: “The gifts you have received, give as gift”.

This artist has been gifted with multiple creative and artistic skills. In the sixty years they have been an artist, they have never hesitated to share them and to gift them to others.

Greeting Card Companies have never profited from purchases by this artist because, for every occasion, they create their own.

Multiple hearts and bodies are warmed by the beautiful quilts made by this artist.

Their exquisite fiber weavings have not only been gifted to others but also have been exhibited in multiple galleries.

But it is the families, especially the children, of the inner city to whom this artist has poured out their heart. For more than two decades, this artist has brought their art therapy background into their ministry of serving, encouraging and championing those caught in the web of lower economics and the travesties of gun violence by helping them weave back together their broken lives. Over the years, this artist has woven themselves into a strong, compassionate thread in the fabric of the lives of so many people, especially the children, of the inner city. To them, they are a beacon of hope.

A gentle person with an iron will to do good, this artist moves quietly, in an unobtrusive manner through the lives they touch.

It is with great pleasure that the Dominican Institute for the Arts presents the 2023 Fra Angelico Award to Dominican Sister of Adrian, Nancyann Turner.