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Nuns fret not…

June 2013 in Art Margins, (2/2), MIT Press

This is the story of a nun who upon visiting a monument to the American saint Isaac Jogues, which shows the missionary carving in a tree to illustrate his message, recognizes in him a Missionary Artist. She then persuades her convent to let her and her fellow sisters train in Missionary Art via a study-by-mail artist’s course. What follows are example pages of this course that include course work done by the nuns and critical responses by the Famous Artists Course faculty. Finally there is an undated letter by the same nun in which she expresses the realization that this education was never meant to emancipate her to become a “Missionary Artist”, but rather to keep the convent occupied and calm.