Joe Segura, Director
Master Printer Joe Segura has dedicated his life to collaborative learning, art making, and teaching and in the process established access points into the traditionally homogeneous art world for artists and students to build diverse dialogues.
In the course of obtaining his MFA degree in Painting and Drawing from Southern Illinois University, Segura became conscious of a separation between the various art disciplines. His enthusiasm for learning led him to create opportunities to explore other mediums, including design and printmaking. Upon receiving his degree, Segura was accepted into the prestigious Master Printer program at the Tamarind Institute in New Mexico. While working on his certification he learned about the value of the collaborative process between printer and artist.
In 1979 Segura was hired as the Master Printer for Arizona State University’s Print Research Facility. In collaboration with his colleagues, Segura raised the visibility of the Print Research Facility, now perennially ranked in the top ten in the nation for printmaking. The program emphasized research and cooperative exploration in printmaking and photography, two fields that share a rich history of collaboration.
Segura has always been drawn to the work of marginalized artists. Recognizing a void in the market, he created Segura Publishing Company in 1981, a place that would provide creative opportunities for underrepresented and minority artists. In December of 2012, 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 & Culture.
Doug Franson, Assistant Director
Doug has over 22 years work experience at Notre Dame. He has served as an IT project manager in the Graduate School, grant manager in the Office of Research, and business manager for the Institute for Latino Studies. Doug began working with Joe Segura in the fall of 2009 to plan for the studio move to Notre Dame. He helped negotiate all aspects of the purchase and relocation of the studio from Arizona to South Bend, IN. Serving as the studio’s assistant director, he supports the marketing and sales program. Doug earned his MBA from Indiana University in 2000 and his BBA from the University of Notre Dame in 1991.
Jill Lerner, Master Printer
Prior to coming to Notre Dame in August of 2013, Jill Lerner established the Letterpress & Book Arts Center at the Ringling College of Art and Design, and taught printmaking as a member of the Fine Art Faculty. Her twenty-five years of fine art printing experience has been as Studio manager and Master Printer at Graphicstudio/USF in Tampa Florida, Master Printer at Limestone Press in San Francisco and at Segura Publishing, in Tempe Arizona. Jill received her degree in Printmaking from Arizona State University.
Some of the artists Jill has worked with include; Joan Mitchell, Gunther Gerzso & Octavio Paz, Leonora Carrington, Ed Ruscha, Kiki Smith, Raymond Saunders, Keith Sonnier, Francisco Toledo, John Waters, John T. Scott and Graciela Iturbide & the Frida Khalo Museum Archive.
Jessica O’Hearn, Production Printer
Before working at the Segura Arts Studio, Jessica O’Hearn worked as Printmaking Lab technician at The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design where she was on the planning committee for the SGCI conference in 2013. She then worked in Boston as collaborative printer and studio assistant to Michael Mazur and registrar for the Michael Mazur estate. She has taught at The Art institute of Boston, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and at the Hanoi Center for contemporary art in Hanoi, Vietnam. Jessica received her BFA in printmaking from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and completed the printer-training program at The Tamarind Institute of Lithography. She received her MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and continues her own studio practice. www.jessicaohearn.com