Dominican Institute for the Arts
Elizabeth Slenker OP ( Sparkill)

Elizabeth has said:“I want my work to emulate the virtues extolled in the life of Jesus… I have had extensive formal education opportunities but the blank white paper before me is possibly my greatest teacher, as what I put on it becomes a new life that will outlast me. In considering the all the wonderful art of the past, this is a humbling thought.”

  Her work bridges many worlds and mediums: 

  • Her artistic endeavors are multi-faceted ranging from stained glass,     photography, graphic design, illustration, drawing, watercolor and painting. 
  • She taught at the college level for nineteen years before pursuing art as a full time ministry.
  • She served as conference artist articulator for the Federation of Dominican Sisters USA and the Dominican Sisters Conference
  • Her works can be found in stained glass windows in the Dominican Convent Chapel in Sparkill NY, a tabernacle in St. Louis University and Mercy Center in St. Louis. She enters 5 juried shows a year and has often placed best in show. She is active in the society of Independent artists as past president and present treasurer. She has had many one woman shows, one of which is currently in the Florissant Civic Center in Missouri. 
  • She has worked at a camp to help inner city children with the arts this summer where she said “It is not the artifacts they produced but the process and what it would do in their lives.”

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


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
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

2016 Fra Angelico Award Recipient