The Murals are undoubtedly the Croatian immigrant’s greatest work, what Vanka called his “Gift to America.”

Croatian artist Maxo Vanka painted a one-of-a-kind masterpiece on the interior walls of St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale, PA. The 25 murals—created in two intense periods in 1937 and 1941—are unique, evocative and larger-than-life representations of faith and family; the immigrant experience in America; social justice and injustice and the horrors of war.  

The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka exists to ensure that Vanka’s visual legacy—his "Gift to America"—endures as a vibrant element of Western Pennsylvania’s rich arts and culture landscape.


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