Barbara Cervenka OP
Barbara Cervenka, O.P. is a Dominican Sister of Adrian, Michigan. She is a painter who works primarily in watercolor. Her work has been exhibited at the Detroit Institute of Art, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Dennos Museum in Traverse City, Central Michigan University and the Art Gallery of Winsor, and many other places here and abroad. For the past thirty years she has taught at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and at Siena Heights University in Adrian.

Years from now, visitors to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will view a series of nine paintings by Sister Barbara Cervenka, OP, and will learn of the peaceful, quiet, devoted life and the violent death of her cousin, Ursuline Sister Joanne Marie Mascha. Sister Barbara has donated the series to the DIA’s permanent collection.

“The series won’t be on permanent exhibit, but it’ll probably be shown from time to time,” Sister Barbara said. “When they do an exhibit of works on Michigan artists or work of a certain theme, then it’s very likely that the series would be put in the show.”

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CON/VIDA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting understanding for the diverse cultures, traditions and history of the Americas expressed through popular art. Barbara is a director.

​A group of Dominican artists are creating work to support the ministerial efforts of the Adrian Dominican Sisters on behalf of the exiled and displaced people of Iraq. Each in her own way is recreating the cranes and donating the work as a benefit. The net proceeds of their work will be used by the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena for their relief efforts in Iraq. sHE JUST FINISHED HER 1000TH CRANE.

Spiral Galaxy 3 - 2010
Starfield 6- Pleiades - 2005
Starfield 8-Rosette Nebula - 2008
Starfield 10-Sagittarius Star Cloud - 2009
Starfield 12-Black Hole in the Milky Way-2012
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
This painting, Joanne Marie Would Ask Forgiveness, is part of a series of paintings by Sister Barbara Cervenka, OP, in memory of her cousin Sister Joanne Marie Mascha, OSU. The series is now part of the permanent collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts.