Aug. 29, 2017
Carol Pollock, director of The Saint Vincent Gallery for more than 20 years, died peacefully at home this morning, Tuesday, Aug. 29.
“As a long-term director of The Saint Vincent Gallery she added beauty to our campus through her exhibits in the Gallery, by providing artwork to offices and by inviting artists on campus to capture a day-in-the-life of Saint Vincent,” commented Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president.
In February and March of 2015, to celebrate Pollock’s enduring contributions to the art collection at Saint Vincent College, the Saint Vincent Gallery presented a special exhibit, “Brightening the Atmosphere: Artwork Collected by Carol Pollock.”
An artist herself, Pollock served as special programs coordinator and art gallery director at Saint Vincent from 1977 until her retirement in 1997. Her vision was simply to create a "campus-wide” art gallery that made the collection accessible to everyone. “I've attempted to brighten the atmosphere,” was her modest mantra.
The exhibit displayed a sampling of pieces created by Pollock, plus several contemporary artworks she added to the Saint Vincent collection during her tenure at the Gallery. A self-guided walking tour of campus directed visitors to the artworks on view. A booklet also accompanied the exhibit.
As an artist, Pollock sought to enrich the cultural life of both the campus and surrounding community. She expanded the art collection by adding works in all media, including paintings, weaving, sculpture and antique furnishings. Organized activities, like a September plant and handmade pottery sale, helped fund the purchase of new art for the collection.
The Gallery was first located in the former rifle range in the basement of Kennedy Hall, now known as the Carey Center, and hosted four exhibitions a year. Later, it was moved to more spacious accommodations on the second floor. Her diverse, imaginative exhibitions ranged from objects from the set of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to a collection of photographs from film taken by the Voyager space probe as it flew past the planet Saturn.
In addition to her Gallery work, Pollock was integral in helping to define the Saint Vincent art degree programs during their infancy. She was awarded the Saint Vincent College Presidential Medal of Honor in 1998.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at the Kepple Graft Funeral Home, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the John L. and Carol G. Pollock Scholarship Fund at Saint Vincent College.
Photo: Carol Pollock