Centennial Edition: Sister Jeannine Klemm and the Art Program


Students who call Studio Angelico home have one person to thank.

Who is this person, you might ask?

Her name is Sister Jeannine Klemm. According to Reflections Magazine, “Klemm was named head of the Art Department in 1957, where there were only 20 students with art majors.”

However, soon that number had skyrocketed to over 200 by the year 1982, which obviously helped grow the department and earn them their own building.

After realizing that one floor was not going to be enough, Sister Klemm raised enough money to move from the fifth floor in Sacred Heart Hall to the now Studio Angelico.

She also helped get an established BFA degree and accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. To put even more of a stamp on Siena, Sister Klemm designed the tabernacle cover for the chapel on campus, and also published her own calligraphy book.

If you wanted to see both, just visit the Legacy Room that opened during Homecoming Week in the library.

Sister Klemm is remembered as a very special woman who put her heart and soul into making sure art and design majors were cared for and represented like everyone else.