Sophia Bevacqua ’17, an art history major now serving a five-year fellowship at the Vatican Museums, works with seven laboratories dedicated to preserving and restoring the site’s vast collections. She is something of an intermediary in restoration projects. She works with the laboratories to determine which works of art will be restored, which methods will be used to do the work, and how much each project will cost. She then works to match upcoming restoration projects with benefaction from the museums’ pool of approximately 2,400 donors. She’s also working on an exhibition curated by Vatican Museums director Barbara Jatta of pieces that will tour major museums in the U.S.
This week, Notre Dame graduate student Shreejan Shrestha travels to Dubai to showcase his work in the Global Grad Show, taking place November 12-17, 2018. Organized in partnership with the Investment Corporation of Dubai, the Global Grad Show is Dubai Design Week’s signature event, featuring 150 innovative projects and inventions selected for their potential to improve conditions for a variety of communities. With participants traveling to the show from institutions like Harvard, MIT, and the Royal College of Art, Shrestha joins an international cohort of artists, designers, and engineers applying creativity and talent in the service of the common good.
Joseph Antenucci Becherer, the founding director and curator of the sculpture program at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been appointed the new director of the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame. HIs term as director will begin in January 2019.
Becherer joined Meijer Gardens in 1999, and became its chief curator and vice president of sculpture and horticulture, collections and exhibitions in 2009. He also is the Lena Meijer Professor in the History of Art at Aquinas College, where he teaches courses in Renaissance, Baroque and Contemporary art.
At Notre Dame, Becherer will lead a staff of 16 responsible for exhibition development and educational programs that serve Notre Dame students and faculty as well as thousands of primary and secondary school students who visit the Snite Museum of Art annually. He also will play a major role in helping design the University’s new Raclin Murphy Museum of Art at Notre Dame.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Joseph’s artistic vision, talents and operational experience joining our team at Notre Dame,” said Maura Ryan, vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs, who oversaw the national search that led to Becherer’s appointment. “We are confident he will continue and enhance the museum’s role in the University’s vibrant arts district that is taking shape on the southern edge of our campus and includes the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park, which opened in 2017.”
“This directorship is a great honor and opportunity beyond measure as the museum and entire academic community fully embrace the essential role of the arts at the heart of Notre Dame,” Becherer said. “Following in the great tradition that is the Snite Museum of Art, I look forward to working with donors, staff, faculty, students and artists to create in the new Raclin Murphy Museum of Art one of the nation’s pre-eminent and most innovative university art museums.”
After a friend spent the summer working for a firm that developed prosthetics and after having experience working with people with limb deficiencies and prosthetics herself, in the beginning of her junior year Dominique DeMoe wanted to work with friend, Cole Grabowski to create a club on campus that made prosthetics. After doing a bit of digging, they found that e-NABLE Notre Dame, lay dormant with many of the current members seniors who did not have time to revive the club. E-NABLE is a national organization which uses 3D printing to create different limbs for those in need.
Third-year MFA student in photography Melonie Mulkey has been selected to exhibit her work in the Midwest Center for Photography's 10th Annual National Photography Fellowship Competition - "Developed Work."
Second-year MFA student in photography Brittany Williams' photo was chosen to be part of The Print Swap. Created by Alison Zavos, the founder of Feature Shoot, The Print Swap has featured more than 8,000 photographers from around the globe, working across genres and disciplines, geographical and political boundaries.