7th Juried Catholic Arts Exhibition

October 28 through December 2, 2018

Elizabeth Lev, Ph.D. Juror

Gallery Hours
Tuesdays through Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday until 7 p.m.
Closed Mondays and November 21-26 for Thanksgiving
Other times by appointment


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Presenting Sponsor

Diocese of Greensburg
The Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, J.C.L.

With Support from

Saint Vincent College, Office of the President

Saint Vincent Archabbey

Diocese of Covington
The Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D.

Jo Ellen and Alan Yeasted


1st Prize - The Br. Nathan Cochran Award in Sacred Arts
by Daniel Bonnell
2nd Prize
Body and Blood of Christ by Belita William
3rd Prize
Saint Maximilian Kolbe
by Lisa Buggey

Honorable Mentions
Regina Caeli Laetare by Margaret Farr
Fiat Mihi Secundum Verbum Turm
by Manuel Farrugia
Ecce Homo by
William Ferry
The Coptic Martyrs of Libya
by Jordan Hainsey


The Biennial Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition and Exhibition was established in 2001 by the late Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B. His untiring pursuit to cultivate and revive the Sacred Arts was the catalyst for the creation of this Competition and Exhibition. Br. Nathan wanted to give artists who engage Catholic subject matter an opportunity to dialogue with the Church and pastors in the hope of creating new, original artworks for churches and liturgical spaces. For the third Competition and Exhibition, famed British art historian Sister Wendy Beckett served as judge. She praised Br. Nathan's 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!”

Since its inception, the Competition and Exhibition has received national attention and has blossomed with global interest, spurring submissions and artworks for exhibition from South America to all across Europe. The competition has worked to foster a relationship between artists working in the Catholic Arts.

World-renowned and acclaimed jurors working in the areas of sacred art and art history have brought their expertise to the Competition and Exhibition. Past jurors include: Dr. Frima Fox Hofrichter, an art historian specializing in Baroque and Rococo; Duncan G. Stroik, an architect and professor working in classical and sacred architecture; Sr. Wendy Beckett, an art historian and BBC personality; Dr. John T. Spike, an expert in Renaissance and Baroque art who directs and curates the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary; Janet McKenzie, an artist working in sacred art; and Dr. Denis R. McNamara, an architectural historian specializing in the theology of liturgical art at the Liturgical Institute at the University of Saint Mary on the Lake, Mundelein.



2018 Juror

Elizabeth Lev, Ph.D., is an American-born art historian who specializes in Christian art and architecture, Baroque painting and sculpture, and High Renaissance art. She is a Professor of Art and Architecture for the Italian campuses of Christendom College and Duquesne University, and a licensed guide for the city of Rome and the Vatican Museums. Dr. Lev holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Bologna.

She has served as a Vatican analyst for NBC and has appeared on The Today Show, Nightline, and 60 Minutes. Dr. Lev has taught and lectured in numerous international venues including an address at the United Nations in New York entitled, “An Evening with Raphael: Raphael’s Art and Human Dignity,” and a TED talk representing the Vatican Museums entitled, “The Unheard Story of the Sistine Chapel.” She has been featured in History television’s Museum Secrets, Brad Meltzer’s Decoded, and as the host of Catholic Canvas, a 10-part series on the art of the Vatican Museums, which aired on EWTN. Dr. Lev serves as a consultant on art and faith for the Vatican Museums, and has authored the documentary “Vatican Treasures: Art and Faith, along with an accompanying course on the history of the museums for Vatican guides. She has served as a keynote speaker for Notre Dame University’s Center for Ethics where she is a Permanent Research Fellow.

Dr. Lev is the author of numerous articles on art that have appeared in First Things, Sacerdos, Inside the Vatican, the College Art Association, The Sacred Art Journal, Magnificat, and Zenit. Her most recent series of articles have appeared online on Aleteia. She is the author of three books: The Tigress of Forli: Renaissance Italy’s Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de’ Medici (Mariner Books, 2012), Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches with George Weigel (Basic Books, 2013), A Body for Glory: Theology of the Body in the Papal Collections with Fr. Jose Granados (Musei Vaticani Publications, 2017), and How Catholic Art Saved the Faith: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art (Sophia Institute Press, 2018).


For Additional Information, contact:
Jordan Hainsey, Exhibition Manager: catholic.arts@stvincent.edu



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