Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture opens

Author: Colleen O'Connor

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The Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, 1045 W. Washington St. in South Bend, hosts a community open house Wednesday, March 27, with tours available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Parking is available on the street or at the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center across the street.

Located in the former Hansel Center, the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture will house the University’s Community Relations Department, Crossroads Art Gallery and the Segura Arts Studio—a renowned print studio formerly based in Arizona.

For more information, contact Vicky Hernandez at or 631-3249.

Segura Arts Studio to begin production July 1

Joe Segura had been a full-time professor at Arizona State University for more than 30 years when he was invited to Notre Dame by the Institute for Latino Studies.

Leaving behind the Segura Publishing Co., a print studio he established in 1981, he joined the faculty of the Notre Dame Department of Art, Art History and Design 2 1/2 years ago, focusing on printmaking and, in particular, the history of Latino printmaking. “The move made sense when you think about Notre Dame’s mission of social justice,” says Segura.

Last December, the University purchased the Segura Publishing Company, and in January, Segura’s studio was relocated to South Bend, settling into specifically designed space in the new Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture at 1045 W. Washington St. Along with the studio came inventory from more than three decades, including the work of many famous artists. The work is now available for purchase through ND Marketplace (

Joe Segura in the Segura Arts Studio, Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture Joe Segura in the new Segura Arts Studio

On July 1, production will begin anew in what is now known as the Segura Arts Studio. It will operate through collaboration with other artists, most notably those from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Artists will be scheduled to visit and work with Segura and his staff to develop ideas for prints. Once proofs are agreed upon, Segura will produce them. All of the fine art produced at the studio will be original, signed by the artist, and available only in limited editions.

According to Segura, “a university owning its own studio that does collaborative artwork is rare, with maybe only a dozen nationwide, and Notre Dame is the only one with the studio located off-campus.”

The off-campus location is key, as it positions the studio for engagement with the community, one of its long-term goals. According to Doug Franson, assistant director and business manager, “There is a plan to become engaged with Notre Dame students, faculty and staff as well as with students from other academic institutions and the local community at large.”

Segura remains committed to his mission of illuminating the value of members of underprivileged cultures and of gaining recognition for their work in the greater art world. Even his 35-year-old studio logo, a raven, reflects this. “The raven is considered a messenger in many cultures, and although it is known as one of the most intelligent birds, it, like the underrepresented groups in the art world, is under-appreciated,” said Segura.

For more information on the Segura Arts Studio, call 631-3143 or visit