Welcome to the McCarl Gallery, part of the Saint Vincent campus in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The Gallery, featuring the McCarl Coverlet Collection, is located on the lower floor of the Fred Rogers Center.

The McCarl Coverlet collection is comprised of over 724 “figured and fancy” jacquard woven bed weavings. Most of the coverlets in the McCarl collection originated in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Maryland. The McCarl Gallery also houses several coverlets from Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa, and Tennessee. The bulk of the coverlet collection dates from 1820-1860. Additionally, the McCarl Gallery houses a collection of over 100 pieces of textile and weaving equipment including looms, spinning wheels, a jacquard attachment, and much, much more! Please visit frequently for news on the gallery, programs, photos, and more.

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  • Virtual hours only at this time due to the Covid-19 Pandemic
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Amish exhibit

Dear Friends,

At this time, the McCarl Coverlet Gallery is closed due to the COVID – 19 Pandemic and our staff is working remotely. We are currently thinking about you, our visitors, and looking at ways to reach out to you in this difficult time.

Our archives and research collections will not be available at this time as we work offsite. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes during this time and we look forward to helping you in any way we can given our restrictions. Check out our new web series “At Home in the 1800s,” visit our virtual Technological Textiles exhibit, and sign up to join one of our virtual dye workshop cohorts!

Please stay safe and take care of your bodies and minds in this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Lauren M. Churilla

Curator/Director

  Technological Textiles: Computing History and Decorative Textiles

January 17, 2020 – December 31, 2020

Generative art, or art created with coding as a central characteristic, emerges as the focus of the McCarl Coverlet Gallery’s spring exhibit which focuses on computing technology in the early textile industry. The coverlets emerge as early examples of generative art uses an autonomous system, or the use of an external system to which the artist gives partial or total control.

An important highlight in the history of generative art is the invention of the Jacquard loom in 1801. The handloom itself featured a weaving attachment that used introduced the concept of a stored “computer-like” program in the form of punched-cards. These automated cards allowed weavers to produce and replicate complex patterns in textiles quickly and efficiently. Jacquard’s invention revolutionized the weaving industry and punch-card technology paved the way for the invention of both the computer and later forms of generative and algorithmic art.

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Contact Curator Lauren M. Churilla at 724-805-2188 or
 lauren.churilla@stvincent.edu for additional information