Brother Nathan M. Cochran, O.S.B., was a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, who died in 2014 at the age of 57. He studied vocal music at Bowling Green State University from 1975-1977, and received a bachelor of arts degree in religious studies from The Pontifical College Josephinum in 1980. He earned a master of divinity degree with honor from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1985, and did graduate studies in art history at the University of Pittsburgh from 1985 to 1986. In 1998 he earned a master of science with Pratt Honors in the theory, criticism and history of art architecture and design at the Pratt Institute.
He served as curator for the Saint Vincent Archabbey Art Collections, and in 1998 he was named as the director of The Saint Vincent Gallery and a lecturer in fine arts at Saint Vincent College. In 2007, he was also named the artistic director of the Saint Vincent Concert Series, and in 2008, he was appointed Chair of the Department of Fine Arts. He curated and designed over 60 exhibitions at Saint Vincent, including the national juried Catholic arts exhibit, the fifth exhibit which will open on October 26; exhibits featuring artists such as Dai Morgan, William M. Hoffman, Jr., Barbara Kern-Bush, Lynn Johnson, Naijun Zhang and Hung Liu, Alexis Dillon; regional exhibitions and faculty and student exhibitions from Saint Vincent College, and many on the history of Saint Vincent Archabbey, College and Parish.
Brother Nathan was the author of Gifts of a King: The Treasured Art of Saint Vincent Archabbey (Latrobe, Pa.: 1986). Brother Nathan was a contributor to Saint Vincent: A Benedictine Place, and principal co-author of The Saint Vincent Basilica, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, One Hundred Years, which received a national Catholic Press Association Award in 2006.