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.
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

2017 Fra Angelico Award Recipient

Janet Wright OP

Our Fra Angelo winner uses a canvas as her lectern, she preaches with her paintbrush. She consistently creates art not only from her heart but also from the very depths of her soul.

Painting is her passion and her spirituality is very much woven into her art. It is her meditation- her focus. Art is a concrete expression of her spirituality as well as an emotional and spiritual experience. Her paintings reflect the glories of God found in nature.

For almost 4 decades she nurtured the love of art in high school students and for the past 14 years she offered weekly painting classes to the infirm and frail Sisters of Mercy. She has been an active DIA member and served on many planning commissions. Always ready to help her creativity abounds being found through her motherhouse and congregational programs to book covers.

Our Adrian Dominican Sister has been a joy to have at gatherings.
Her humor was obvious as she spoke: I love coming to DIA we get to talk to a cast of characters. I just love it.” She has a BA in Art from Siena Heights University and a Masters in Painting from Wayne State University. 

Yes. It is with pride we present this year’s Fra Angelico award to our Sister Janet Wright OP. Your generosity and preaching have graced many a gathering and we are proud to know you. May your preaching continue to be a sign of joy and hope for our world.