In keeping with the current guidelines issued on behalf of Saint Vincent College, dedication of the Verostko Center for the Arts has been postponed until further notice. Dedication activities will be rescheduled as more information becomes available. 

With safety protocols in place, we're happy to announce the opening of the Center for the Fall 2020 semester to members of the Saint Vincent academic community. In keeping with the College’s current safety procedures, all visitors to the galleries are required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth, maintain social distancing requirements, and wash their hands prior to entering. To ensure the safety of our academic community, the Verostko Center for the Arts is closed to non-Saint Vincent faculty, staff, students, or monks, off-campus visitors at this time. We look forward to welcoming off-campus visitors once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

 

Exhibitions

Cloud of Unknowing

Roman Verostko and the Cloud of Unknowing: From Ideas in Mind to Ideas in Code
Fall 2020 

Formerly a Benedictine monk at Saint Vincent, Roman Verostko is a key figure in the development of generative, algorithmic art. Curated by Kerry Morgan and Melanie Pankau at Minneapolis College of Art and Design the exhibition features over seventy original works from Saint Vincent’s holdings. Verostko’s retrospective exhibition is organized around major themes that appear throughout Verostko’s work such as his search for an art of pure form, his interest in logic and language, his merging of Eastern and Western aesthetics and philosophy, and his understanding of his home “Pathway Studio” as a modern day electronic scriptorium.

 

Saint George Slaying the Dragon-Gift of Anna and Tadeusz Kozminkski

Arrayed in Gold: Icons from the Anna and Tadeusz Kozminski Collection 
Fall 2020

Experience the beauty of traditional Coptic, Byzantine, and Orthodox iconography. Collected on behalf of Anna and Tadeusz Kozminksi over forty years, these 19th and 20th century religious images function as powerful visual testaments of faith and windows to the Divine. 

 

Adoration of the Magi-Gift of King Ludwig I of Bavaria

Royal Patronage: Selections from the King Ludwig I of Bavaria Gift
Fall 2020

By 1852, Saint Vincent had begun to receive shipments of artwork, musical instruments, and books gifted to the nascent community through the auspices of King Ludwig I of Bavaria. Employed for their educative and elevative potential, these items were linked to the promulgation of German identity and culture in America. Royal Patronage: Selections from the King Ludwig I of Bavaria Gift traces an important link between America’s first Benedictine community and its royal Bavarian benefactor.

 

About
About the Center

The VCA is dedicated to the advancement and integration of the arts within the Saint Vincent College community. The Center devotes 5,000+ square feet to hosting rotating exhibitions that present work by contemporary artists as well as selections from Saint Vincent’s impressive holdings. The Center cares for over 4,000 objects ranging from ancient to contemporary in a variety of media that form the permanent art collections of Saint Vincent College and Saint Vincent Archabbey.

Mission

The VCA serves as an educative and inspirational hub for students, faculty, researchers, and the surrounding community. Exhibiting work by contemporary artists and objects from the Saint Vincent permanent collections, the Center provides opportunities for its constituents to engage with diverse perspectives, cultures, and ideas. In keeping with Saint Vincent College’s liberal arts mission, special focus is given to exhibitions and programming that draw from interdisciplinary sources.

The Center aims to:
  • Enliven academic exploration with exhibitions and programming drawn from a variety of disciplines
  • Facilitate a space of inquiry
  • Provide direct contact with artists and their work
  • Foster respect for historic and contemporary practice in the arts
  • Feature works at the nexus of art and spirituality

 

Collections

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 andrew.julo@stvincent.edu or 724-805-2107.  

Donatedonate

Collection Preservation
To learn how you can support preservation efforts of works currently underway at Saint Vincent, please contact the Center's main office at 724-805-2107 or by clicking the link below.

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Appraisal Resources
The VCA asks that individuals interested in donating objects, enlist the assistance of a certified appraiser prior to contacting the Gallery. Saint Vincent is unable to provide appraisals or make any specific recommendations, however the resources listed below can be located online:

American Society of Appraisers
http://www.appraisers.org/

Appraisers Association of America
https://www.appraisersassociation.org/

National Association of Professional Appraisers
https://www.professionalappraisers.org/ 

International Society of Appraisers
https://www.isa-appraisers.org/

Contact Uscontact-us

To learn more about exhibitions, programming, and works from the Saint Vincent permanent collections, contact:

Andrew Julo
Director, Verostko Center for the Arts
Curator, Saint Vincent Art & Heritage Collections
andrew.julo@stvincent.edu | 724-805-2107
300 Fraser Purchase Road
Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650