Saint Vincent’s Verostko Center for the Arts is pleased to announce its first exhibition of 2023 entitled “Clothed in Glory,” a retrospective exploring the artistic work of Father Vincent de Paul Crosby, O.S.B.
Featuring vestments, wall hangings, sculptures and recently completed digital works, “Clothed in Glory” examines the career of a monk-artist committed to igniting spiritual imagination by forging connections between the material and the transcendent.
Among the foremost designers of religious ritual garments in the United States working today, Father Vincent has created work for Christian worship for over 45 years.
Joining the Saint Vincent monastic community in 1967, he was intent to place his artistic talents in the service of the liturgy—pursuing formal art education at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia (B.F.A.) and Catholic University of America (M.F.A.). In 1979, he opened Archabbey Studios where he has completed commissions for dozens of Roman Catholic, Anglican, Episcopal, Lutheran and Methodist churches throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, in addition to advising congregations and monasteries on the design of their liturgical spaces.
All are welcome to an opening reception on Thursday, February 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Verostko Center, located inside the Dale P. Latimer Library (second floor) on Saint Vincent’s campus. Remarks by Archabbot Martin de Porres Bartel, O.S.B., will be offered at 4:30 p.m. followed by a brief vocal performance provided by the Saint Vincent College Singers. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are not required.
Commenting on his role as a monk and an artist Father Vincent notes, “My first anchor is the regularity of the monastic life itself. My second anchor is that I can go to the studio every day and work on something new and creative, something that will be used for worship. This is an honor and privilege, and my hope is that it leads viewers to prayer—to think of God and the beauty of creation.”
The exhibit will be on view through March 24. While classes are in session, the Verostko Center is open Tuesdays thru Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment (email@example.com). To learn more, visit www.verostkocenter.org.