Originally initiated by Saint Vincent founder Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, OSB in 1852, the Archabbey and College boast an impressive art collection totally over 4,000 objects, ranging from ancient to contemporary. At the core of the Archabbey Collection remain nearly 200 European paintings from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries gifted on behalf of King Ludwig I of Bavaria to Saint Vincent in the mid-19th century. In subsequent decades, several hundred 18th and 19th century European drawings and prints featuring religious and mythological subjects were added to the collection.
The Archabbey holds over one hundred drawings, designs schematics and objects by the Altar Stock Building Company of Covington, Kentucky – a neo-gothic design/build liturgical furnishings studio founded by the monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1862 under the direction of Br. Cosmas Wolf, OSB. Work by a variety of international 20th century artists involved in the liturgical arts are also represented.
Collecting concentrations for Saint Vincent also include work by artists from Pennsylvania and the wider Mid-Atlantic; prints by 20th century modern artists; carving from Sub-Saharan Africa; as well as Pre-Columbian, Ancient Greek, Etruscan and Roman artifacts. Saint Vincent also boasts the largest concentration of work by 20th century digital art pioneer, Roman Verostko.
Academic instructors, students, researchers, and campus guests are invited to explore selections from the permanent collections on rotation at the Verostko Center for the Arts. Inquiries to gain access to items not currently on view should be directed to Andrew Julo, Director/Curator at email@example.com or 724-805-2107.