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.


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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  • Upcoming Exhibitions

    6th Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition/Exhibition
    Nov. 1 through Dec. 2, 2016
    Denis R. McNamara, Ph.D., Juror 

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    Join us this Fall for the 6th Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition/Exhibition. The Catholic Arts competition/exhibition, which has received national attention, was established in 2001 by the late Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B. (1957-2014). Br. Nathan set out to support artists who engage Catholic subject matter by providing a committed venue, notable jurors, a color illustrated catalog and prizes that include monetary awards as well as exhibition display. The hope is that pastors and churches will furnish churches with new, original art.

    The juried competition will be held this summer and artwork submissions should be postmarked by Monday, August 1, 2016. The exhibition will run from November 1 through December 2, 2016 at the The Saint Vincent Gallery on the campus of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

    Cash prizes to be awarded include the $1,000 The Brother Nathan Cochran Award in Sacred Arts, $750 second place award, $500 third place award, and four juror mentions of $250 each. In addition, there will be a $250 People’s Choice Award presented at the conclusion of the exhibition.

    Denis R. McNamara, Ph.D.Denis R. McNamara, Ph.D., the 2016 juror, is an architectural historian specializing in the theology of liturgical art and architecture, classicism, and sacramental aesthetics. Dr. McNamara serves as Associate Professor and Associate Director at the Liturgical Institute of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake- Mundelein Seminary, a graduate program in liturgical studies founded by Cardinal Francis George of Chicago. He holds a B.A. in the History of Art from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Architectural History from the University of Virginia, where he concentrated his research on the study of ecclesiastical architecture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

    He has served on the Art and Architecture Commission of the Archdiocese of Chicago and works frequently with architects and pastors in church renovations and new design. He has appeared on both Catholic and secular television and radio, and is a frequent presenter in academic as well as parish settings.

    Dr. McNamara is the author of numerous articles on art and architecture in Communio, Rite, Chicago Studies, Adoremus Bulletin, Sacred Architecture, Environment and Art Letter, Assembly, The Priest, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Letter and Spirit, and Arris: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. His book Heavenly City: The Architectural Tradition of Catholic Chicago (Liturgy Training Publications, 2005) appeared on the Catholic Bestseller List and won a Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Booksellers Association as well as two first place awards from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association. His 2009 book, Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy, earned a second place award from the Catholic Press Association. His newest book, How to Read A Church: A Crash Course in Christian Architecture (Rizzoli) has been published in seven languages.

    Past Jurors include: Dr. Frima Fox Hofrichter, professor of the history of art and design at Pratt Institute, NY, and co-author to the Baroque and Rococo sections of Janson’s History of Art: The Western Tradition; Duncan G. Stroik, professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame, IN, and preeminent liturgical architect; Sister Wendy Beckett, world-acclaimed art historian and BBC personality; Dr. John T. Spike, Assistant Director and Chief Curator of the Muscarelle Museum of Art at The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg VA, and leaded Leonardo and Michelangelo expert; and Janet Mckenzie, an internationally-known artist known for her distinctive iconography of sacred subjects whose work won first place the National Catholic Reporter's "Jesus 2000" competition. 

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    Competition/Exhibition Dates

    Accepted Works Received:
    Week of October 3-7, 2016

    Opening/Prize Reception:
    Sunday, October 30, 2016

    Dates of Exhibition:
    November 1-December 2, 2016

    Works Returned:
    Week of December 5-9, 2016 

  • Past Exhibitions

    Br. Cosmas Wolf, O.S.B.
    Monk architect sculptor designer
    November 1, 2013 — February 28, 2014

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    Br. Cosmas Wolf, O.S.B., was a Benedictine lay-brother of Saint Vincent Archabbey active in the mid-nineteenth century. Studying at the Royal Academy of Art in Munich, Br. Cosmas was trained as a master sculptor, designer, and draftsman. During this time, monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey operated the Altar Building Stock Company of Covington, Kentucky, which was under artistic direction of Br. Cosmas Wolf, O.S.B. Among the artists of Br. Cosmas's Company was the famous American-impressionist painter and sculptor, Frank Duveneck.

    Br. Cosmas WolfThe Covington Altar Building Stock Company was a prolific institution that fulfilled the needs of Catholic German-Americans for the decoration of their new churches in North America during the second half of the nineteenth century. They designed and created everything from altars and statues, to croziers and sacred vessels. With the support of Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B. (founder of Saint Vincent and Benedictine monasticism in North America), the individual artists, artisans, and craftsmen of Br. Cosmas's group were virtually unparalleled in the American arts scene, and came to define liturgical art of the nineteenth century. The Covington-based church decorators were grounded in the tradition of German Gothic art. It served them well, since a Gothic Revival movement dominated architecture and design in the United States which began in the 1830s and lingered into the 1870s. Just as in Europe a few decades earlier, the American Gothic Revival attempted to recreate the idealized Middle Ages.

    This exhibition featuring 45 architectural drawings, as well as carvings completed by Br. Cosmas Wolf and his studio. Viewers will experience the artworks in an unique way; several sculptures will be juxtaposed with their preliminary sketches and designs. Of particular note, a set of statues will rejoin their mates (for the first time in 55 years) to recreate Br. Cosmas Wolf's last artistic triumph: the magnificent Adoration of the Magi altarpiece from Saint Vincent's Old Choir Chapel. Viewers will also see an early exterior proposal for the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica—a design that would be used to form the basis for the current Archabbey Basilica Church. This Exhibition was recently featured on the New Liturgical Movement. Click for Story. To receive a catalog, please call 724-805-2107.

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    McNamara Lecture

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    Thanks to our sponsors and everyone for supporting the Dr. McNamra's lecture on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Couldn't make the lecture? No problem! It is on Saint Vincent College's YouTube Channel and can be watched below.

    Shadow, Image and Reality:
    Church Architecture as Sacrament of Heaven

    Dr. McNamara joined us on February 18 for an examination of truth and beauty in the theology of church art and architecture. Following the lecture, a reception was held in The Saint Vincent Gallery, where "Br. Cosmas Wolf, O.S.B.: Monk, Architect, Sculptor, Designer" is being exhibition.

    McNamaraDenis R. McNamara, Ph.D., is an architectural historian specializing in the theology of liturgical art and architecture, classicism, and sacramental aesthetics. He is the assistant director at the Liturgical Institute of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, and serves as a liturgical design consultant. He is the author of several books, including Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy (2009), and How to Read Churches: A Crash Course in Ecclesiastical Architecture(2011), as well as multiple articles and reviews.

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Br. NathanDear Friend of Art and the Gallery,

It 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.

 Ann Holmes

Administrative Director, The Saint Vincent Gallery

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Requiem High Mass CD in Memory of Br. Nathan

Experience the timeless sounds of the Catholic tradition with this mastered recording of the Requiem High Mass in memory of Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., from the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica on October 18, 2014. This CD contains the propers, mass parts, and motets. Bonus tracks include the opening address from His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Georg Habsburg-Lothringen and the homily of Fr. Cyprian Constantine, O.S.B. This CD comes beautifully packaged featuring photos from the mass. CD ships on/before December 1, 2014.

100% of CD proceeds will benefit Vocal Scholarships for the Schola Cantorum of Holy Family Parish and the students enrolled in Saint Vincent College’s Programs in Sacred Music.

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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

Thanks to the Pittsburgh Latin Community and Knights of Columbus Woodlawn Council 2161 for sponoring the Mass

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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. 

We invite you to join us for gallery exhibitions and events throughout they year. You can contact the Gallery at:

The Saint Vincent Gallery 300 Fraser Purchase Road Latrobe, PA 15650

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