The Saint Vincent Gallery is an art gallery located on the third floor of the Robert S. Carey Student Center. This modern exhibition space has 4,000 square feet available to host temporary exhibitions throughout the academic year, and is the home of the permanent art collections of Saint Vincent College and Saint Vincent Archabbey.

Temporary exhibitions include works by local and regional artists and are frequently based on a theme. Other exhibitions include shows by art students and art faculty. The biennial Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition have received international attention.

The gallery receives several thousand visitors a year and is ADA compliant.

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  • Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective

    Thursday, Sept. 28 - Sun, Nov. 5
    Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28

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    The Saint Vincent Gallery  will present an exhibit of oil paintings, “Mountains, Gardens, and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective,” from Thursday, September 28 to Sunday, November 5.

    An opening reception with the artist will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 28, in the Gallery. Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

    Walter C. Labys retired after a successful career as a university professor and international economist. His interest in painting began before he graduated from the former Saint Vincent Preparatory School in 1955. Working in the early mornings for a relative who had a professional house painting crew, Labys would prepare paints by mixing base colors and glazes with white lead. He was also intrigued by the cartons of paints and canvases his mother regularly sent to her uncle in Poland and the many paintings of his which she received in return.

    252BMountainWildflowers-AboveLucerneSwitzerland1971Labys’ real beginning, however, occurred while he was an engineering student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He tried to balance his demanding engineering studies by auditing an occasional drawing, painting, or sculpture course in the Fine Arts College. This experience really captivated him, and he connected his painting interest with a physics course in optics that explained how eyes react to different colors. Although these interests were largely interrupted by his graduate studies at Harvard, he managed to take several drawing and pottery courses at the Cambridge Center for the Arts. About this time, his fascination with Europe also began and several summers abroad introduced him to the world’s great art museums, cathedrals and works of art. This experience was further reinforced by his work with the United Nations in Geneva, which sent him almost everywhere in Southeast Asia.

    252CMtBlanc-GlandSwitzerland1974While in Geneva, he began painting oil canvases that reflected his aesthetic experience of living in Europe. His choice of large format was due to the large wall spaces that needed to be decorated in the family apartment. He also developed a life-long interest in oriental rugs and their brilliant colors, which stemmed from the use of natural dyes. Labys continued painting when his family moved to Morgantown, West Virginia, although rebuilding their old house found him devoting several years to furniture design and construction. Because of his occupation with color, he was attracted to the style of Jackson Pollock, who juxtaposed color splashes of different frequencies to create excitations that the eye can’t seem to avoid. This interest was enhanced by his investigations of modern physical theories of light and how they had affected the advancement of art from the end of the 19th century. Some of the post-Pollock art experiments involving color became known as “action painting,” although the most recent New York movement that Labys’ style seems to resemble has been termed “abstract graffiti.”

    Labys paints not only because of his obsession with color rhythms but also because of his need to express beauty in a complex world. In the end, Labys paints because the colors make him happy, and he hopes that viewers of his works might have some fun, too. His portrayal of the “summer season” with jungle friends and the “little prince” certainly have been a hit with his grandchildren!

    The Saint Vincent Gallery is located on the third floor of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the Saint Vincent campus. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. The Gallery is closed Mondays. For more information, contact Brother Bernard Cline, O.S.B., administrative director, at 724-805-2107.

    Admission is free and open to the public.



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Gallery_expanseThe Saint Vincent College Collection is comprised of several hundred works of art which have been purchased and donated over the past sixty-some years. It contains graphic works by world-renowned artists, such as Pierre Bonnard, Mark Chagall, Aristed Maillol, Alfred Manessier, Isabella Markell, Henri Matisse, Salvator Meo, Jean Miro, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Georges Rouault, Richard Ruben, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Fernand Leger, Gino Serevini, Maurice de Vlaminck, and Andrew Wyeth.

In addition, the College Collection is strong in its holdings of Pennsylvania and local artists, such as Ray Defazio, Nancy Gahm, Henry Gasser, Bud Gibson, Mary Hamilton, Mary Martha Himler, Margaret Ziff March, Dai Morgan, Olive Turney, Helen Siegel, and Paul Warhola. There is an interesting collection of works by women artists, such as: Yetta Borntstein, Helen Gerardia, Anna Marie Hufnagel, Hilda R. Karniol, Annie Lenney, Naomi Lorne, Elizabeth Meade, Gergtrude Quastler, Lilly Shuff, and Vivienne Thaul Wechter, and two important paintings, one by the Canadian painter Robert Bateman, and the other from the Spanish School of Diego Velázquez.  There are also two small study collections: of Pre-Columbian artifacts, and Ancient Greek, Etruscan and Roman pottery and jewelry.

Crucifixion The Saint Vincent Archabbey Collection is comprised of some 2,000 paintings, sculptures, prints and stained glass. The primary holding is 195 17th, 18th, and 19th century European paintings which were donated through the auspices of King Ludwig I of Bavaria in the 1850's. Artists represented in this collection include Marianna Kirzinger, Johann Liss, Alessandro Magnasco, Johann Schönfeld, Heinrich Vogel, and the schools of Gerard van Honthorst and Johann Loth. Several hundred 18th and 19th century European drawings and prints were added to the collection by our founder, Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., in the second half of the 19th century, and more works have been added through purchases and donations.

In the second half of the 19th century, monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey operated the Altar Building Stock Company of Covington, Kentucky, which was under the direction of Br. Cosmas Wolf, O.S.B. Br. Cosmas was trained at the Royal Academy of Art in Munich and was a master sculptor and designer. Today, the art collection has several hundred drawings, designs and objects from Br. Cosmas and his workshop, including a juvenilia painting by Frank Duveneck, and works by Wilhelm Lamprecht, and Johann Schmitt.

Other strong collections include international liturgical artists of the 1950s and 60s, and the works of Louis Chang and Roman Verotsko. Most of these works are religious in nature, and include works by Francis Aretz, Luke Ch'en, John Del Monte, Janet DeCoux, Jean de Marco, Gleb Derujinsky, Emile Frei, Jan Henryk de Rosen, André Gerard, Jakob Goglin, Victor Hammer, Cho Kwang-Ho, Norbert and Victoria Koehn, Anne Lopez, Thomas Moran, Joseph Reitter, Lambert Rucki, Eugene Rutkowski, Ferdinand Seeboeck, Kenneth Sullivan, Mark Symons, Roman Verotsko, Ladislaus Vitalis, Sadao Watanabe, and Hugo Weihermüller.

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Br. NathanIt is with a heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of our gallery curator, gallery director, teacher, friend, mentor and monk, Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B. His tireless work and contributions to the arts and Saint Vincent as a whole are indelible and inextricable.

 





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Photographs from the Requiem High Mass in memory of Br. Nathan on November 29, 2014, at Saint Anthony's Relic Chapel, Pittsburgh, PA

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Photographs from the Requiem High Mass in memory of Br. Nathan on October 18, 2014, in the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica, Latrobe, PA

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Obituary

Br. NathanBrother Nathan M. Cochran, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014. He was born June 24, 1957 in Marion, Ohio, a son of the late Blaine R. and Ruth E. (Roach) Cochran. A brother, Blaine A. Cochran of Edison, Ohio, survives him. He is survived by Phyllis Disbrow of Edison, who with her late husband, and her daughter, Sue Arter and her husband, David, of Westerville, Ohio, were dear friends.

He studied vocal music at Bowling Green State University from 1975-1977, and received a bachelor of arts degree in religious studies from The Pontifical College Josephinum in 1980. He earned a master of divinity degree with honor from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1985, and did graduate studies in art history at the University of Pittsburgh from 1985 to 1986. In 1998 he earned a master of science with Pratt Honors in the theory, criticism and history of art architecture and design at the Pratt Institute.

Brother Nathan entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1982, made his simple profession of monastic vows July 10, 1983, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1986.

He served as curator for the Saint Vincent Archabbey Art Collections (1983- present), and in 1998 he was named as the director of The Saint Vincent Gallery and a lecturer in fine arts at Saint Vincent College. In 2007, he was also named the artistic director of the Saint Vincent Concert Series, and in 2008, he was appointed Chair of the Department of Fine Arts. At Saint Vincent College his past appointments include: assistant registrar (1985-1986), registrar (1986-1997), director of the King Ludwig Gallery (1986-1994) residence hall moderator (1994-1997), co-director of the Saint Vincent Gallery (1994-1997) study abroad advisor (1998 to 2007), and as moderator for the Review, the student newspaper, and the college yearbook (1998-2002). He was registrar of Saint Vincent Seminary (1989-1997), director of public relations at Saint Vincent Archabbey (1989-1997), and teaching assistant at the Pratt Institute (1997-1998).

On Founders’ Day in 2011, Brother Nathan was the first recipient of the Saint Vincent College Projektenmacher Award, which honors an individual who, in the spirit of Saint Vincent Founder Boniface Wimmer, made a valuable difference to the campus community through creativity, imagination and vision.

“Since his arrival in 1982, Brother Nathan was a patient and tireless lobbyist at the college to revive the great tradition of Sacred Christian art in western civilization,” said Brother Norman W. Hipps, president. “He reminded the monks and the faculty of the simple but profound message of the founder of Saint Vincent, Boniface Wimmer, who said: ‘I am firmly convinced that a monastic school, which does not strive to advance art as much as science and religion, will be deficient in its work’.”

“He played an important role in the revival of the tradition of Catholic religious art, architecture and music. While he loved the classical works of the golden age of western Christian art, he readily embraced the work of contemporary artists who created sacred art,” said Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. “He was committed to the exhibition of the sacred works of arts through his biannual sacred art exhibition.”

Of particular note, he initiated a Nationwide Juried Catholic Art Exhibition. For the third national Catholic arts exhibit, Brother Nathan successfully enlisted famed British art historian Sister Wendy Beckett to serve as judge. She praised his endeavors, noting that “artists often come to understand their faith by the actual creation of artworks. We need these artworks, these attempts by artists known or unknown, to share with us their understanding of what it means to be a Christian. Would that there were hundreds of Brother Nathans in all countries!"

He curated and designed over 60 exhibitions at Saint Vincent, including the national juried Catholic arts exhibit, the fifth exhibit which will open on October 26; exhibits featuring artists such as Dai Morgan, William M. Hoffman, Jr., Barbara Kern-Bush, Lynn Johnson, Naijun Zhang and Hung Liu, Alexis Dillon; regional exhibitions and faculty and student exhibitions from Saint Vincent College, and many on the history of Saint Vincent Archabbey, College and Parish.

Brother Nathan was the author of Gifts of a King: The Treasured Art of Saint Vincent Archabbey (Latrobe, Pa.: 1986), and has served as editor of The Benedictine Monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey Monastery Newsletter, now Heart to Heart (1989-1997), of which he was founding design editor. He is co-author with Annemarie Spring of “German-American Art at a Pennsylvania Benedictine Archabbey: Saint Vincent, Latrobe,” a paper presented at the Annual Symposium of the Society for German-American Studies, Penn State University (1994) and has written and contributed to a number of exhibition catalogues at Saint Vincent and for the Cincinnati Art Museum’s An American Abroad: Frank Duveneck’s European Years (Cincinnati, Oh.: 1987). Brother Nathan was a contributor to Saint Vincent: A Benedictine Place (Latrobe, Pa.: 1995), and principal co-author of The Saint Vincent Basilica, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, One Hundred Years (Latrobe, Pa.: 2005), which received a national Catholic Press Association Award in 2006.

In 2004, he worked at Vatican City as the special secretary for the Beatification of Emperor Karl I of Austria. He coordinated and organized the various beatification celebrations in Rome; and wrote, edited and oversaw the translation, printing and distribution of various publications and press releases in eleven different languages. The principal ceremony in Saint Peter’s Square was attended by over 75,000 people, and was the last major public event celebrated by Pope John Paul II. He curated an exhibit in the Saint Vincent Gallery, “Karl I: The Peace Emperor, The Last Habsburg Emperor of Austria-Hungary” (2002), served as a contributor and on-camera expert for “Karl: The Last Habsburg Emperor,” a documentary produced by George Lucas to accompany the DVD release of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, 2007. Brother Nathan received the Signum Memoriae Civilian Medal of Honor from H.I.R.H. Otto von Habsburg, Archduke and Crown Prince of Austria and King of Hungary. It is the first time the medal has been bestowed since 1898, and was presented in honor of Archduke Otto’s 95th birthday.

His memberships have included the American Association of Museums, Carnegie Museums, College Art Association, Kaiser-Karl-Gebetsliga für den Völkerfreiden, (Emperor Karl League of Prayers for Peace Among the Nations), Constantian Society, Smithsonian Associates and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

At Saint Vincent, he was a member of many committees, including those on Educational Standards, Founders’ Day, renovation committee for Kennedy Hall; member of the Council of Seniors, Saint Vincent Archabbey (1993-1994); and member and co-chair of the Sesquicentennial Committee (1993-1996. His community service has included membership on the board of directors of the Greensburg Area Cultural Council (1996-2000); and board of directors, Westmoreland County Choral Society (1993-1998). He also was a religious services volunteer at the State Correctional Institution at Greensburg (1989-1996).

For Br. Nathan's special memorial obituary by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, visit: Post-Gazette

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The Saint Vincent Gallery is located on the beautiful campus of Saint Vincent College in the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania. 

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300 Fraser Purchase Road
Latrobe, PA 15650

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