“Father Zagar was courageous enough to break with tradition, to have his church decorated with paintings of modern, social meaning.” — Maxo Vanka


75th Anniversary — 1941-2016

In 2016, SPMMMV marks the 75th Anniversary of the 1941 Murals and the completion of the 25 primary murals in St. Nicholas. The year-long commemoration began on Friday, March 4th at the 3rd Annual Cocktails & Conservation.

75th Anniversary Speaker Series

Thank you to all who attended this year’s presentations and to our presenters:

  • Dr. Charles McCollester, War and Class: The Political Context of Maxo Vanka’s 1941 Murals.

  • Rikke Foulke, Foulke Fine Art Conservation, The Science of Conservation.

  • Dr. Sylvia Rhor and Dr. Jennifer Josten, Vanka in the Context of the Works Progress Administration and Mexican Muralists.

  • Coming soon: Dates for the 2017 Speaker Series.


  •  Special thanks to Marya & John Halderman, John Martine, AIA and Seldon V. Whitaker, Jr. for their leadership support in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Murals.

© 2017 SPMMMV

The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka
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