Somewhere along the line the distinction between religion and faith becomes all-too-clear. Give me the latter over the former anyday. Give me someone like Sister Mary Corita who walked the talk, giving religion a good name (for a change) and, more importantly, exhibiting through her art the breadth and depth (and even the questioning of) her faith.

In what has to be one of the more unusual shows in this year's fall art college lineup, Gonzaga University presents "Corita" through December 12. It's a collection of work by a Catholic nun whose printmaking--as well as her alignment with avant-garde philosophies and methods--landed her on the cover of a 1967 Newsweek: "The Nun: Going Modern."

Her story, as you may discover from the Corita Art Center website, is fascinating and unorthodox (pardon the pun). While a nun of the order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sister Corita had earned her art degree at the Immaculate Heart College, as well as her master's in art history from USC.

As an instructor and a practicing artist, Sister Corita earned the nickname "joyous revolutionary" for her willingness to engage in the debate about everything form the Vietnam War to racism and social injustice. Not without ruffling the feathers, including of the local Cardinal, Corita's brand of artistic activism eventually lead to her withdrawing from the order in 1968. She continued to make art, though, leaving behind a legacy of exuberantly colored works.