For all of her 57 years at Mount Aloysius College, the late Sr. Maria Josephine D’Angelo, RSM graced the Southern Allegheny Mountain region with both her enthusiasm for art and for the prolific outpouring of art that was uniquely her own.
A retrospective of her art will remain on display in the College’s Wolf-Kuhn Gallery until September 20th.
Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley noted that the contributions of Sr. Maria Josephine D’Angelo, RSM remain a vital part of the school. “Sr. Maria Josephine taught several generations of Mount Aloysius students during 57 years of service here.” he said. “Mount Aloysius College is richer for the gifts of her service and artistic talent. Sister Maria Josephine brought so much to the cultural heritage of the College and to the entire Southern Allegheny region. Her legacy continues here.”
The Retrospective boasts over 20 of Sr. Maria Josephine D’Angelo’s pieces. The media used range from watercolors and oils to wood engravings, woodcut prints, cardboard collage and mixed media.
Sr. Maria Josephine D’Angelo taught art at Mount Aloysius. During her tenure she served as chairperson of the Art Department. She founded the Mount Aloysius Art Alliance, and started multi-cultural summer art camps for children.
Sister Maria Josephine was born in 1924 in Philadelphia, Pa.; the daughter of Joseph and Lucy Caruso D’Angelo. She graduated from the South Philadelphia High School for girls and obtained her bachelor’s degree from Moore Institute of Art in Philadelphia, and then earned a Master’s in Fine Art from Notre Dame. While her background was in traditional painting, she also acquired an appreciation for abstract art while at Notre Dame.
A member of the Allied Artists of Johnstown, over the years Sr. Maria Josephine received numerous awards for her work including a First Place award in the 68th Annual Juried Art Exhibit of Allied Artists of Johnstown.
Sister Maria Josephine designed a number of logos and insignias for organization and communities –most notably a distinctive cross still used by the Sister of Mercy internationally for identification of their community.
Sister entered the Sisters of Mercy on September 8, 1948 and took her religious vows March 12, 1951.
Assigned to Mount Aloysius; she witnessed the major transition from the days of the all-women’s junior college, through the move to co-educational status in 1968 and on to the transformation to the four-year institution known today as Mount Aloysius College.
Sister Maria Josephine D’Angelo, RSM a member of the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy died at Mercy Center in Dallas, Pa. on Tuesday, November 27, 2012.
The Wolf-Kuhn Gallery is open to the public. For information call Mount Aloysius College at (814) 886-4131.