The Saint Vincent Gallery will present two senior exhibitions this spring.
The first opens with a reception with the artists from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10 and will show the work of Jordan Hainsey, a graphic design major from Hollidaysburg; Laura Schultheis, a studio arts major from Sarver; Katherine Varga, a studio arts major from Downingtown, and James Wojtila, a graphic arts major from Aurora, Ohio.
The first exhibition will continue from Friday, March 11 to Sunday, March 27 during regular Gallery hours.
The second senior exhibition opens with a reception with the artists from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7 and will show the work of Marisa Sberna, a studio arts major from Beaver Falls; Stephen Watts, a graphic arts major from Pittsburgh (15214); and Corynne Wright, an art education major from Ford City. The second exhibition will continue from Friday, April 8 to Sunday, May 1 during regular Gallery hours.
Gallery hours are 12 noon to 3 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 12 noon to 3 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The Gallery is closed on Mondays and will also be closed from April 19 to 25 for Easter vacation. Admission is free and open to the public. The Saint Vincent Gallery is located on the third floor of the Robert S. Carey Student Center and is accessible to the physically challenged. For further information, 724 805-2197, www.stvincent.edu/gallery.
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- SVC Gallery to present ‘Out of the Ark’ art… LATROBE, PA — The Saint Vincent Gallery will present an exhibit of drawings entitled “Out of the Ark: Animal Drawings from the Saint Vincent Art Collections” from Friday, Jan. 30, to Sunday, Feb. 22. The exhibit will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29. Admission is free and open to the public. “The 43 loose sketches and lovingly rendered tinted animal drawings from the early drawing school at Saint Vincent reveal an intimate look into 19th century art techniques and methodology,” explained Ann Holmes, administrative director of the Gallery. The drawing school opened in 1848. “When Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., and his companions arrived in western Pennsylvania in 1846 to establish the first Benedictine foundation in the United States, his vision included a strong emphasis on the arts,” she noted. “I am firmly convinced that a monastic school which does not give just as much attention to art as to knowledge and religion is a very imperfect one and that a deficiency in scholarship at the beginning can be more readily excused than a neglect of art,” Wimmer commented at the time. He immediately set out to find teachers in music and art for this new center of religion and learning. “The first teacher in the new drawing school was Fr. Luke Wimmer, O.S.B., nephew of Abbot Boniface,” stated Jordan Hainsey, Assistant to the Archabbot, who has studied the monastic drawing school. “Trained in Munich, Fr. Luke came to America to join the new Benedictine community. Br. Cosmas Wolf, O.S.B., a contemporary of Fr. Luke, also served as a teacher in the drawing school before leaving for studies at the Royal Academy of Art in Munich. He later returned to open the Altar Building Stock Company in Covington, Kentucky.” In 2013-14, the Saint Vincent Gallery exhibited a retrospective of Br. Cosmas’ work. “Early art students would have both drawn from life and copied works from European and English book illustrations and drawings brought to America by Wimmer,” Holmes concluded. “Because the earliest monks were farmers by necessity, many of the drawings include the farm animals that the Benedictines would have interacted with on a daily basis.” There are now more than 4,000 artworks in the Saint Vincent collections. Saint Vincent Gallery, located on the third floor of the Robert S. Carey Student Center, is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and at other times by appointment. The Gallery is closed on Mondays. Additional details about this exhibition and the Gallery are available at http://gallery.stvincent.edu/current_exhibition. An interactive display honoring the late Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., former director of the Gallery, is being exhibited throughout the year.
- Benedictine monks’ artwork on display in Latrobe LATROBE, PA — The Saint Vincent Gallery will present artwork by four Benedictine monks as its first exhibition of the 2015-16 academic year. “Monk-Artists of Saint Vincent” will include works in a variety of media and styles. The featured artists are Fr. Vincent de Paul Crosby, O.S.B., Br. Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., Br. Etienne Huard, O.S.B., and Fr. Robert Keffer, O.S.B. An opening reception to meet the artists will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. The reception and admission to the Gallery are free and open to the public. The exhibition will continue through Sunday, Oct. 4. Gallery hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and at other times by appointment. The Gallery is closed on Mondays. The Saint Vincent Gallery is located on the third floor of the Robert S. Carey Student Center, on the campus of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. Fr. Vincent, a native of Buffalo, is a 1962 graduate of the Buffalo Diocesan Preparatory Seminary. He received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1966 from Saint John Vianney Seminary and a master of divinity degree in 1972 from Saint Vincent Seminary. He did further studies at Tyler School of Art at Temple University, earning a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1974. That was followed by a year of independent art studies in Rome. Specializing in fabric art, he earned a master of fine arts degree from The Catholic University of America in 1976. He has been a member of the monastic community at Saint Vincent Archabbey since 1967 and was ordained a priest in 1972. The Archabbey consultant for monastic environment and art, Fr. Vincent has lectured widely on art and the environment for worship and serves as liturgical consultant to churches that are undergoing renovation. He also works as an artist in the Archabbey community, specializing in the design and execution of vestments for the Liturgy, and has been director of the Archabbey Studios since 1991. His work has been commissioned by parishes, religious communities, organizations and individuals around the world, including His Holiness Pope Saint John Paul II. In addition, Fr. Vincent has created two sets of altar linens that will be used by His Holiness Pope Francis at each of the Masses he will be celebrating when he visits Philadelphia in September. Fr. Vincent has overseen the successful restoration and renovation of the Archabbey Basilica, the monastic refectory and, most recently, the Basilica Crypt. He is also coordinator of the Archabbey's ongoing renovations. He served as artistic consultant for construction of the Catholic Chapel at Penn State University in 2012 and as artistic consultant for the Mary, Mother of Mercy, Mausoleum Chapel at Saint Vincent Cemetery in 2013. Br. Mark, a native of Alliance, Ohio, is a 1974 graduate of West Branch High School in Beloit, Ohio. He received an associate degree in fine art from Sinclair Community College in 1987. He earned a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Saint Vincent College in 2001, a master of arts degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2004, and a master of fine arts degree from the Savannah College of Arts and Design in 2005. He has been a member of the monastic community at Saint Vincent Archabbey since 1998. After completing his master of fine arts degree, Br. Mark was appointed to the Saint Vincent College Department of Visual Arts and is now a tenured faculty member. He creates stained glass windows, paints and works in various other media including spinning wool and crocheting. He is a member of the Latrobe Art League, Latrobe Art Center and the Loyalhanna Spinners. Br. Etienne, of Conception Abbey, Missouri, is a graduate of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita, Kansas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Conception Seminary College in 2009. Br. Etienne’s early interest in photography developed further while he was with Lawrence Photography in Wichita in 2003, working both in photographic sales and an on-site art gallery. Contact there with professional photographers and artists prompted him to pursue his own art and photographic studies. Br. Etienne entered Conception Abbey as a novice in August 2009 and took monastic vows in August 2010. He worked as Admissions Director for Conception Seminary College and assistant vocations director for Conception Abbey from 2010 through 2013. Br. Etienne began graduate theological studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2013; he is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Arts in Systematic Theology. Fr. Robert, a Connellsville native, first studied art at the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, with an emphasis on painting. Years later he continued his art education at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, studying graphic design and advertising. He entered the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank in Sparta, Washington, in 1989 and was ordained a priest in 1995. He studied Biblical exogenesis and philosophy at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and the Angelicum in Rome, Italy. His monastic formation took place at the Abbey of Hauterive in Switzerland. During his years as a Cistercian monk, Fr. Robert took workshops at the Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia with the internationally acclaimed portraitist Nelson Shanks and his team. He has had private lessons with Philip Salamone, a graduate of the Grand Central Academy in New York City, and Peggy Baumgaertner, a nationally known portraitist. Fr. Robert concentrates on oil painting utilizing traditional techniques, combined with nostalgic and surrealist subject matter. He currently has a small studio on the Saint Vincent campus where he paints in his free time. He has exhibited in Saint Vincent’s Juried Catholic Art Competition and Exhibition and the Fred Rogers Juried Art Show. Most recently he has concentrated on allegorical portraiture. He is also working on a written presentation on the religious art of Salvador Dali that he hopes to present to the campus this fall. Fr. Robert works as a hospital chaplain at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital and as campus minister at Seton Hill University. For more information, contact the Saint Vincent Gallery at 724-805-2197. Featured photo: Fr. Vincent de Paul Crosby, O.S.B., Br. Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., Br. Etienne Huard, O.S.B., and Fr. Robert Keffer, O.S.B.