Preserving the artist's heritage

Sister Helen David Brancato

Inyerviewed in 2005
Sponsored by University of the Arts
Kathleen Giandonato and  Hannah Ratzlaff, Interns
Derek Dressler and Rosalie Kenney, Videographers
Trish Siembora, Advisor

Personal Statement:
My work is bound up with the human condition. I respond to nature peacefully and to human nature with healthy agitation. It is important for me to interact with the lives of the poor. Through painting, I try to bring the depth of my insight into the pain, the strength, and the dignity of my subjects.

Selected Collections:
- Villanova University, Connelly Student Center, Villanova PA
- St. Louis University, Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, St. Louis MI

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
- Cabrini College, Maryknoll NY, 1987, 1998
- Elkins Gallery, Tyler College of Art, Melrose Park PA, 1991
- Villanova University, Villanova PA, 2002

Selected Group Exhibitions:
- Immaculata College, 1985-2005
- Villanova University, 2005
- Balch Institute, 1997
- Tyler College of Art, 1991
- Pace University, 2000

Professional Experience:
- Adjunct Professor of Painting, Villanova University, Villanova PA
- Artistic Director of the Southwest Community Enrichment Art Center, Philadelphia PA, 1990-2004
- Illustrator of A Global Way of the Cross and Why Not Become Fire, books of poetry by Evelyn Mattern; Ordinary Places/Sacred Spaces by Evelyn Mattern
- Speaker at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI, "Images of Hope"

- Immaculata College, BFA in painting and printmaking
- Kutztown State University, MFA Ed
- Post-graduate work at the Tyler School of Art; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Contact Information:
Saint Gabriel Convent
2916 Dickinson Street
Philadelphia PA 19146