Maxo Vanka’s murals at Millvale’s St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church are among the region’s unique art treasures.
Image courtesy of the Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka
Vanko, a Croatian immigrant, created the striking paintings in the 1930s and ’40s, indelibly depicting the effects of capitalist greed and war on everyday people.
The 25 larger-than-life murals, which circle the church’s sanctuary, have long been in need
and improved lighting, and 10 have already been restored.
Now, The Heinz Endowments has promised $30,000 toward completing restoration of Vanka’s "Battlefield Scenes" if $60,000 in donations can be raised. As of this past Wednesday, the Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka needed just $8,000 more to meet the challenge — but it has only until tomorrow, Sept. 30, to raise it.
Donations of any size are welcome. A donation of $40, plus the $40 match, for instance, equals one hour of conservation work.
The mural images to be funded include “Mary on the Battlefield” and “Christ on the Battlefield.” Conservation on the latter began in June.
To learn more about Vanko and the murals, or to donate, see here