Sister Mary Stanisia
(1878 - 1967)
Sister Mary Stanisia was active/lived in Wisconsin, Illinois / Europe. Sister Mary Stanisia is known for religious subject portrait and mural painting, art education.
Biography Sister Mary Stanisia
Sister Maria Stanisia, S.S.N.D., was an American Catholic artist and painter. She was a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
She was born in Chicago with the name Monica Kurkowski into a Polish family who later changed their family name to Kurk. She attended the parish school of St. Stanislaus Parish and there first began to paint at the age of eight. She graduated from the Academy of Our Lady run by the School Sisters. Later, while still very young, she was sent by her family to Europe, where the noted Polish painter, Professor Thaddeus Zukotynski taught her the art of religious painting, landscape painting, and sculpture.
Upon her return from Europe in 1893, Monica began to act upon a long-held sense of calling