St. Joseph’s Provincial House is home to 1964 Kent serigraph
LATHAM When Ian Berry was putting together the Corita Kent exhibit at Skidmore College, he got a call from the Roman Catholic nuns who live and work in Latham.
They wanted to tell him about “No One Walks Waters,” a serigraph created by Kent, that has been hanging on a wall for 10 years at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, the Albany-area center for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
“It’s colorful, it’s abstract, it’s a very 1960s serigraph print,” says Sister Mary Rose Noonan, director of communications. “It’s from 1965, while she was at Immaculate Heart College, and it’s signed Sister Mary Corita.”
The serigraph, which is one in a series of 100, belonged to Sister Eileen Lomasney, an artist and poet who apparently knew Corita Kent.
“They knew each other, but we don’t know from where. They might have known each other through the art world,” says Noonan.
Lomasney, a Schenectady native, studied painting in Austria and Italy and was a teacher at The College of Saint Rose and schools in Albany and Syracuse. She lived at the Provincial House at the end of her life and died there in 2002.
The text on the print, including the words “No One Walks on Waters,” was inspired by the poems of Catholic priest and social activist Daniel Berrigan, and that phrase is the title of one of his poetry books from 1966.