The Snite Museum Welcomes Emmi Whitehorse


Emmi Whitehorse is widely recognized for her large, abstract, mixed-media paintings and prints. Her work depicts layers of markings, lines and shapes interwoven in fields of blended color. Not purely abstract, her paintings suggest landscapes with firmaments, the lines between them softly blurred. Her Navajo roots strongly influence her art philosophy ” To make art, the act of making art must stay true to a harmonious balance of beauty, nature, humanity and the whole universe. This is in accordance with Navajo philosophy. I have chosen to focus on nature, on landscape. My paintings tell the story of knowing land over time – of being completely, micro-cosmically within a place.”

Join the artist for a discussion of her artwork on Thursday, January 15, 2015. Her talk will take place at the Snite Museum at the University of Notre Dame from 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM. For a map and parking information please visit: 

This talk is free and open to all.

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Matika Wilbur; “The Messenger”, Giving Talk at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture

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Matika Wilbur, widely-exhibited and collected photographer, writer, and educator has visited 171 Tribal Nations, photographing exquisite portraits and collecting extraordinary stories in Project 562, a daring undertaking of artistry and conscience of unprecedented scope and impact: to photograph every federally recognized tribe in the United States and reveal in a brilliant spectrum of art, media, and curricula the rich and complex 21st century image and reality of contemporary Native Americans.

Matika Wilbur will be in South Bend this October! Come support this artist by attending her talk this Monday, October 27th at 6:00pm at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, located at 1045 W. Washington Street, South Bend, IN 46601. Refreshments will be served.

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Sue Coe to give lecture at the Snite Museum of Art

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Sue Coe’s work covers a variety of subjects, she has spent years documenting the atrocities committed by people against animals and continues to generate both prints and art on that subject. Her series of prints The Tragedy of War examines the atrocities that humans commit against one another, specifically revealed by the horrors of war. Recent projects include her publication Bully: Master of the Global Merry-Go-Round (2004), a scathing critique of the Bush administration, as well as the book Sheep of Fools… a song cycle for 5 voices, which gives a broad history of sheep farming, highlighting the abuses of the animals for human gain.

Coe is in the studio this week to create a new print, she will be giving a lecture at the Annenburg Auditorium in the Snite Museum of Art this Thursday September 11th at 6pm.


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Recent Articles Highlight Segura Studio

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The studio has been featured in two articles this summer. One written by Sarah Kirk Hanley for Graphic Impressions and another feature in Notre Dame Magazine. We are happy to have our history and current work highlighted in these publications and hope you enjoy learning more about the studio.

Graphic Impressions: The Newsletter of SGC International

Notre Dame Magazine

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Vincent Valdez to give Community Talk


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Valdez grew up in San Antonio, TX and demonstrated talent for drawing at an early age. He received a full scholarship to The Rhode Island School of Design where he earned his BFA in 2000. In 2004 at age 26, Stations, Valdez’s suite of monumental charcoal drawings, was shown at the McNay Museum in Texas. He was the youngest artist to have a solo exhibition at the McNay. Exhibition venues include: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Snite Museum of Art, The Frye Museum, The Mexican Museum of National Art ,Chicago, The Parsons Museum in Paris, The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, OSDE Buenos Aires, The Laguna Art Museum, The Bell Gallery at Brown University and others. A recipient of the Skowhegan School of Painting ’05 and The Vermont Studio Center ’11, and the Kunstlerhaus Bethania Berlin Residency ‘14, Vincent currently resides and works in Firestation #15, his restored 1928 Firestation San Antonio, TX.

Vincent Valdez in in the studio this week to create a new print. He will be giving a community talk at the Western Branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library at 2pm on Saturday May 17th. 611 Lombardi Dr. South Bend, IN 46619 | 574.282.4639

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Faith Ringgold giving Lecture at The Snite Museum of Art

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Internationally known artist and writer Faith Ringgold will give an illustrated talk on her career entitled “Faith Ringgold: More than 60 Years” at The Snite Museum of Art. Following the talk she will sign copies of her books in the Museum’s Mestrovic Gallery.  A limited number of her children’s books will be available for purchase.

Ringgold is here to create a new print in the Segura Arts Studio, located in the Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture.  From February 18 through March 16 her print, Under a Blood Red Sky, 2000, will be on view in the Museum’s Atrium.


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Visiting Artist Claudio Dicochea to give Artist Talks

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The Segura Arts Studio & the Department of Art, Art History & Design present:

On Casting and Recasting

An artists talk by Claudio Dicochea

Thursday, January 30 at 7:00pm

University of Notre200 Riley Hall

Reception immediately afterwards in the Riley Photo Gallery


The Segura Arts Studio presents:

Made in America:

Contemporary Latin@ Art

By Claudio Dicochea

Friday January 31 at 6:00pm

Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture

1045 West Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601


Claudio Dicochea is a painter and arts educator. His work is a contemporary re-examination of mestizaje, or mixed-race identity, whose visually dense paintings host a motley cast of figures and motifs dealing with the legacy of colonial representation, hybrid identity and contemporary media stereotypes. He has exhibited in the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia; Art Miami with Lisa Sette Gallery; the Phoenix Art Museum; and Museo de Arte e Historia in Juarez, Mexico, among numerous other venues.


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Segura Arts Studio at Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture produces first print

From by Brittany Collins, October 18, 2013

Jill Lerner and Jessica O’Hearn are used to working on the weekends.

The master printer and production printer, respectively, at the Segura Arts Studio at the University of Notre Dame have been busy working with artist Claudia Bernardi to create an intaglio print — created by marks etched into copper plates — and, now, produce it.

Lerner and O’Hearn were busy at work in late September, spreading orange and blue ink over copper plates and painstakingly rubbing the colors into the etchings on the plate. Each plate takes about an hour and a half, Lerner said, and Bernardi’s artwork uses five plates and 15 colors to create the finished piece.

Once the colors are on the plate, Lerner and O’Hearn carefully line up the plate with blank paper and roll them through a machine that presses the ink into the paper. After five runs through the press, the finished result is a piece of art.

Bernardi was the first artist to visit the Segura Arts Studio since the University purchased the studio and moved it from Arizona, where Joe Segura started it 30 years ago, to the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture on South Bend’s West Side. An internationally known artist from the California College of the Arts, Bernardi came to Notre Dame to work with Segura on the first print to be created by the studio in its new home.

Doug Franson, the studio’s assistant director, said Bernardi’s past features strongly in her work. “She worked with the Argentine forensic anthropology team, and they would go to atrocity sites and would dig up the remains and try to figure out and document what happened,” he said. “That really has an effect on her work.”

The piece the studio is producing features skeletal figures with map lines in the background, surrounded by warm colors of orange, yellow and blue.

“You could be across the room and see those incredible colors, and it draws you in,” said Franson. “And as you get closer, you start seeing layers of things going on, and you start seeing skeletal remains, children’s clothing, shoes. So the point of her artwork is showing what she’s found at these sites and giving a story to these people that lost their lives.”

Bernardi’s work fits in well with the mission of the Segura studio, which is to work with artists from traditionally underrepresented groups such as African-Americans, Latinos and women. The goal is to get their artwork in museums so that it can be seen by a broader public and be incorporated into the mainstream art market.

The printers will produce only 60 prints of this first collaboration. Some will go to museums and to people who purchased subscriptions to the studio’s art, and about half will be given to the artist as a payment for her work. The remaining prints will go on sale at the studio’s website,

Artists are invited to the studio for the chance to collaborate with Joe Segura on creating a new piece of art. Once the artist settles on an idea, the studio works with the artist to make the idea a reality.

“The studio is focused on producing works of art that are creatively significant — works that are both culturally important, and have value to collectors,” said Joe Segura.

“Most artists aren’t necessarily printmakers, they’re painters, drawers,” said Franson. “They come here and collaboratively figure out how to turn their work into something that can be an edition. It requires that collaborative experience with the master printer and production printer to work together to create the prints.”

The studio has invited six artists to come in its inaugural year at Notre Dame. Carrie Mae Weems, an American photographer who addresses issues that face African-Americans today, will be the second visiting artist. Weems is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, which has granted her $625,000 over the next five years to use on her art. She will be working with the studio in the first week of December.

In early 2014, the studio will welcome four more artists. Claudio Dicochea, a painter and educator from southern Arizona, will be arriving in January. Dicochea’s work focuses on mestizaje, or mixed race identity. Faith Ringgold will be coming from Englewood, NJ. Ringold is a painter, writer, speaker, mixed media sculptor and performance artist who is well-known for her painted story quilts. Enrique Chagoya will be coming from Stanford University, where he is professor of art and art history. Chagoya is a Mexican-born painter and printmaker who focuses on the changing nature of culture. Vincent Valdez will then arrive from San Antonio. Valdez was the youngest artist to have a solo exhibition at the McNay Museum in Texas. His work explores imagery that pertains to social and political statements.

The Segura Arts Studio hopes to have the artists also give a talk to students and to the community while on campus to share their experiences and connect with residents of South Bend.

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