Dominican Institute for the Arts
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
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