Why Notre Dame?
I’m not sure that I can fully answer that question. The Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture was designed to include the Segura Arts Studio. Planning for the Center started at the Institute for Latino Studies in 2007. Now the Center is University-wide.
The studio seeks to be actively engaged with the community, with local artists, with students, faculty and staff from the surrounding colleges and universities. Our goal is to collaborate with artists from traditionally underrepresented groups, ensuring that their work is included in important collections. Much of the artwork includes social and/or political messages.
As artists come to the studio to produce new work there will be ample opportunities to engage with members of the community. We also intend to work closely with representatives from the surrounding colleges and universities to include an academic component to our future collaborations.
Given the Center’s location in South Bend, Indiana on W. Washington St., in what used to be a Community Center – the studio is certainly in the right place at the right time. The studio’s goal converges nicely with the University’s goal…
“…to build a Notre Dame that is bigger and better than ever – a great Catholic university for the 21st century, one of the pre-eminent research institutions in the world, a center for learning whose intellectual and religious traditions converge to make it a healing, unifying, enlightening force for a world deeply in need.”
Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., President, University of Notre Dame
The studio will soon be in production, collaborating with important artists whose work helps heal, unify, and enlighten a world deeply in need.
After years of planning and months of renovations the Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture (NDCAC) is open! Vanir Construction Management, Inc., the University Architect, Gregory A. Kil and Associates Inc., and Gibson-Lewis, LLC collaborated with the City of South Bend and the South Bend Heritage Foundation (and many other supporters) to transform the Hansel Center that once housed the Children’s Dispensary and Head Start offices.
In January, Graebel Lightning Movers, Inc. delivered two semis-full of studio equipment, furniture, and print inventory. We are grateful for their efforts in moving the Segura Publishing Company from Tempe, Arizona to South Bend, Indiana.
Many of Joe’s colleagues helped set-up the Segura Arts Studio in the NDCAC. Carpenters and painters modified the flat file cabinets to fit the new space. Team members in Auxiliary Operations assisted with many details, and provided great advice in advance of the grand opening. On March 26th and March 27th over 500 visitors toured the NDCAC and the studio.
It has been a privilege to work closely with professionals from the University’s Community Relations and Community Engagement offices over the last few months. We’re finding many ways to collaborate on upcoming projects. Planning is underway with these colleagues, and many others, to ensure that students, faculty, and community members have an opportunity to interact with visiting artists.
In December of 2012 the University of Notre Dame purchased the Segura Publishing Company, founded in 1981 by Tamarind master printer Joe Segura. In January of 2013, the Segura Arts Studio was relocated to the Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture.
With the new name and new location, Joe Segura continues his mission of producing significant fine art, collaborating with important artists to make works accessible to the market and influential collections. The studio’s vision parallels Joe’s career – ensuring that artists from traditionally underrepresented groups are fully recognized by the greater art world.
Joe worked for several years to make this a reality. He first came to Notre Dame in February of 2008 for his exhibition “A Collective Latin(o) American Identity: Featuring Fine Art Prints from the Segura Publishing Company” at the Galería América, Institute for Latino Studies.
The artist statement describing the exhibition follows:
Segura Publishing Company produces limited edition prints and monotypes by leading contemporary artists. Their commitment to advancing a dialogue between art and the larger world has led them to publish collaborative works with many diverse talents. Since the founding of Segura Publishing Company in 1981 they have addressed the romantic myths of the American Southwest, often by examining the historical realities of immigration, acculturation, and assimilation. Segura Publishing Company has an ever-evolving understanding about content and image between artist and printer. This understanding not only of the artist and printer relationship but also of the art market, allows Segura Publishing to create works, in limited edition form, that are assessable to the general public, not only the wealthiest art collectors. Working closely with the experienced printers at Segura Publishing, artists can control every aspect of developing their images and achieve a visual clarity that comes only from a thorough mastery of the printing craft. Segura Publishing takes special pride in finding new combinations of new and old techniques to transfer their artists’ visions accurately to paper.
In the fall of 2009, Joe accepted a faculty appointment in the Institute for Latino Studies to help establish a new Center for Arts & Culture. Over the years he taught several classes in the University’s Department of Art, Art History, and Design, enjoying the opportunity to work with undergraduates from the sciences and business, in additional to arts and letters majors.
While much has changed since the original plan for the Center for Arts & Culture, Joe remains dedicated to the success of the studio. Please stay tuned!