Senior Exhibition II

April 17 — May 3, 2015

Opening Reception
Thursday, April 16, 6 to 8 p.m.



Join us in welcoming the second group of graduating art majors for Senior Exhibition II. 



Marrissa Gillcrease

Gillcrease is a Pittsburgh native who "appreciates the small things in life.” She was born to Gwendolyn and Maurice Gillcrease and attended Perry Traditional Academy. Her interest in art began at a very young age. However, her exploration of the field began once in college. Her favorite media are oil paint and silkscreen printing. Her favorite subjects to paint and print are animals, landscapes and flowers. She also does some portrait painting. She hopes to get a job in the advertising field or as a museum curator. This year's senior exhibition will be her first time showing her art.




Brittany Lambermont

Lambermont attended Saint Joseph High School, Natrona Heights, and expects to earn a bachelor of arts degree in graphic design with a minor in communication in May. She gained experience in visual design and social media with the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media and as a portrait artist at Kaman’s Art Shoppes at Idlewild Park. She has also served as a prefect for the Saint Vincent College Residence Life Department.




Cody Pudlish

Cody Pudlish lives in Latrobe and is a graduate of Greater Latrobe High School. He has years of experience in the Adobe Suite programs such as Photoshop, In-Design and Illustrator. He started his art degree at Westmoreland County Community College. He transferred to Saint Vincent College to obtain a bachelor of arts degree in graphic design. Pudlish has volunteered and has more than 30 hours of community service working with Saint Vincent College’s Service Learning Department. This will be his first art exhibit.

“I am a colorful, psychedelic and spiritual artist who isn't afraid to go above and beyond reality and to exaggerate to make the subject matter better,” Pudlish commented about his art style. “I love traditional and digital art. I love experimenting with different values of each color so they fit better on my canvas. I use the Adobe suite programs like Photoshop to help me with the composition of an art piece that I am working on. Most of my artwork has a darker side to them or a sinister look. When I lay a canvas down in front of me, I begin to create my art immediately because the more I think no art is created. For my decision-making, I try to exaggerate and go above and beyond reality because I believe I see things that are different than what other people see. My lifestyle and my ideas are displayed on my canvas, and I love to experiment with different media to create a work. God has blessed me with many opportunities and I am very thankful to be where I am today.”

Michael Spegar

Born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, Spegar’s love of art started at a very young age. His parents would take him to craft shows throughout his childhood. As he got older he became more interested in digital art. He took as many high school classes on Photoshop and multimedia as he could schedule. He attended Seton Hill for a semester before transferring to Saint Vincent College to major in graphic design with a minor in art history. He loves the endless art possibilities that can be accessed through the use of computers. Michael enjoys his art to pop out at you and to be eye-catching.




Tuesdays through Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m.
Closed Mondays
Free and open to the public

Other times by appointment





5th Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Exhibition

Janet McKenzie, Juror



A complimentary catalogue accompanies this exhibition.


eauty, like truth, brings joy to the human heart, and is that precious fruit which resists the erosion of time, which unites generations and enables them to be one in admiration. Blessed Pope Paul VI, Address to Artists. The primary purpose of the competition is to foster the arts of the Western Christian tradition; other artistic traditions of Christian subject matter are also considered. Artworks must be iconographically recognizable and appropriate for liturgical use, churches, chapels, shrines or home altars.

Subjects sought (but not limited to) include: scenes from the life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; other biblical scenes, stories and characters; depictions of saints and their lives; current and historical events in the life of the Church; depictions of the seven sacraments; personifications of the corporal works of mercy, virtues and vices, etc. Modernization of the subject is acceptable (e.g. Caravaggio’s The Calling of Saint Matthew, which depicts Christ in biblical clothing but those around Him in the contemporary dress of the artist’s times). Ethnic acculturation is also acceptable; thus, works portraying Christ as an African, Asian or other ethnicity are welcome for jurying. Subjects which will not be considered include: portrayals of noncanonized persons as saints; portraits of clergy or religious; works which are only recognizably religious from their titles; and scenes of the exterior or interior of churches (unless the work is illustrating an important religious/historical event or the administration of the sacraments).


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This competition/exhibition was founded by Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B. Click to learn more.



Janet McKenzie, Juror

Janet McKenzie is an artist internationally-renowned for her distinctive iconography of sacred subjects which glow with an inner, spiritual light. It is appropriate for an artist working in the field of religious art to juror a competition and exhibition fostering religious art, both in its traditional forms and in new expressions. Her works have been chosen for exhibition in the three Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competitions she has entered, and she has won prizes twice.

McKenzie is known for sacred imagery that transcends time and place. Her Jesus of the People was selected First Place winner of The National Catholic Reporter’s global competition by juror Sr. Wendy Beckett, the famed art historian and BBC personality. It was revealed for the first time on the Today Show in New York and generated enormous worldwide interest and discussion. The controversial painting challenges stereotypical thinking by including two groups traditionally left out of iconic imagery of Jesus — people of color and women.Janet McKenzie, the 2014 juror, is an artist internationally-renowned for her distinctive iconography of sacred subjects which glow with an inner, spiritual light.

Her art is featured in Holiness and the Feminine Spirit – The Art of Janet McKenzie, which won the 2010 First Place Award for Spirituality from the Catholic Press Association. Another book, The Way of the Cross – The Path to New Life features her Stations of the Cross with reflections by leading religious writer Sr. Joan Chittister, O.S.B.

Her solo exhibitions include: The Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee; Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago; Carlow University, Pittsburgh; and the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, Washington, D.C. Her works can be found in the collections of: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Carnegie, Pa.; St. Mary’s University, Winona, Minn.; Daughters of the Heart of Mary, Holyoke, Mass.; and the Archdiocese of Chicago. In 2013, she was the William Belden Noble Lecturer, The Memorial Church, Harvard University.



The Opening Reception/Prize Award Ceremony
October, 26, 2014

Ann Holmes, Gallery Administrative Director, gave an opening welcome, followed by the 
awarding of the prizes by Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B., Chancellor of Saint Vincent College.

1st Prize - The Brother Nathan Cochran Award in Sacred Arts
Neilson Carlin, Temptation in the Wilderness

2nd Prize
Gwyneth Holston, Saint Catherine of Siena

3rd Prize
Bernadette Carstensen, Saint John's Revelation

Honorable Mentions
Zach Brown, Saint Sebastian
Jordan Hainsey, Savior
Pasquale Pristera, Pietà
Christopher Ruane,
Rebuild My Church


Congratulations to Christopher Ruane's "The Nativity," People's Choice Winner



The Exhibition








 Crowns and Palm Branches

Sacred Relics of Saint Vincent Archabbey

On View 

Free and Open to the public



anctæ reliquiæ. Holy Relics. Comprised of over 1,000 relics, Saint Vincent's relic collection encourages veneration and reverence of the saints. Many of the relics have been collected or authenticated by the founder of Saint Vincent, Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., (1809-1887). Saint Vincent is very blessed to possess a leg relic from a martyr of Otranto, canonized by Pope Francis this summer (The Otranto relic can be seen in the middle photo, above, during veneration on the day of their canonization). Many other relics were sealed and authenticated by Archabbot Denis Strittmatter, O.S.B., sixth Archabbot of Saint Vincent, who was also authorized to re-seal and re-document relics with broken seals or lost documentation.

In the Roman Catholic tradition, a relic is a piece of the body of a saint or holy person, an object or piece of an object owned or used by a saint or holy person, or some other important religious artifact that is maintained for veneration. In Christianity, the first scriptural mention of relics comes from Acts 19:11–12, and concerns Saint Paul’s handkerchiefs, which were said to be imbued with the healing power of God. They were sent to various Christian communities and many accounts of healings were reported. In the early church the graves, tombs and relics of martyrs and holy men and women were venerated. The Martyrdom of St. Polycarp, written, between 150 and 160 A.D., records that St. Polycarp’s relics were objects of veneration by the faithful.

In Rome, early Christians frequently went out to the catacombs on Sundays, spending the day worshiping, praying, eating and recreating near the tombs of holy men and women and family members. When Christianity was legalized in 313 A.D., Christians began building churches, many of which were built over the tombs of martyrs. A perfect example of this is the old Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome built between 326 and 363 A.D. over the tomb of Saint Peter the Apostle. As the Church grew, demand for the bodies of the saints (martyrs and holy men and women) also grew. By the early Middle Ages it was already a long-established practice to include the body of a saint or a significant relic of a saint in the altar on which mass was celebrated. In 787 A.D. the Second Council of Nicaea decreed that every altar should contain a relic.

A complimentary booklet accompanies this display.

This Exhibit was Featured on the New Liturgical Movement. Click for Story.


Gallery Hours

Tuesdays through Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m.
Closed Mondays
Free and open to the public





Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B.
Visions of a Founder

On View 

Free and Open to the public

he greatest Catholic missionary of nineteenth-century America," is how the late dean of American Catholic Historians, John Tracy Ellis, described Boniface Wimmer, the founder of Saint Vincent and Benedictine Monasticism in North America. Coming from the Bavarian Abbey of Metten, Wimmer came to America in 1846 to establish the Order of Saint Benedict in the New World, to evangelize the immigrants, and to preserve and strengthen their Catholic faith and identity by providing them with pastoral care and formal education.

Numbers never tell the full story, but it is interesting to note that by 1880, only 34 years after Wimmer and his eighteen companions arrived in Pennsylvania, nearly 900 Benedictine monks and nuns were working and praying in 60 monasteries in the United States. These monastics served 138 parishes where they provided pastoral care for 44,000 souls, operated three major seminaries, six colleges, and 63 elementary schools, and educated an estimated 7,000 students. 

By 1880, Benedictine monks and nuns served in 21 American dioceses and vicariates apostolic (out of a total of 70), located in 20 states and territories of the Union. Most of the Benedictine monks and nuns who carried out this work of pastoral care, evangelization, and education in nineteenth-century America regarded Boniface Wimmer as their founder and their inspiration.

Today, American Benedictines who trace their roots back to Wimmer serve in more than 20 American states, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Colombia, Brazil, Taiwan, and Japan.

To honor the 125th Anniversary of Boniface Wimmer's death (December 2012), the Gallery inaugurated a permanent exhibit made up of personal artifacts from Wimmer's life to honor his legacy and enduring contributions to the Church and monasticism.

A complimentary booklet accompanies this display.

This Exhibit was Featured on the New Liturgical Movement. Click for Story.


Gallery Hours

Tuesdays through Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m.
Closed Mondays
Free and open to the public

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