Saint Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum


Saint Marianne Cope, a sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, was canonized in 2012. Soon after, the Saint Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum opened in Syracuse, New York, and they sought my help developing a brand identity to complement their newly installed exhibits.

The project goals: develop an identity that builds on the existing exhibit design and represents the museum—and Saint Marianne herself—in a relatable fashion.

Branding, Print Design

Saint Marianne Cope logo

The rosette inside the “O” recalls the stained glass window in the chapel where Saint Marianne once prayed. Thick lines connect the letters like leading in stained glass.

Chapel with rosette stained glass window

The logo that she designed is amazing and takes into account many different aspects of Saint Marianne’s life, her mission and ours. I am getting great response from everyone and know that I made the right decision working with Joanna.

Kristin Barrett-Anderson

operations manager,
Saint Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum

Saint Marianne photo

Humanizing a Saint

Mother Marianne was a pioneer in healthcare and social justice. A beloved mother of outcasts, she believed in dignity and respect for every human being. To demonstrate her compassion and make her relatable, we used her face extensively on many pieces.

It was important to represent both the museum and Saint Marianne alone, so the logotype was designed to work both ways.

Saint Marianne Cope logo
Stained glass lettering

Chapel photo ©Eric Payne Photography, used with permission. Archival images courtesy of the Saint Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum.

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