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A&L senior crafts her own story — blending German, studio art, and history into children’s book senior thesis project and pursuing career in costume design

Author: Indonesia Brown and Josh Weinhold

What do studio art, German, history, fairy tales, and subverting gender tropes have in common? Notre Dame undergraduate Naya Tadavarthy has used all of them in creating her senior thesis project. Tadavarthy’s wide range of academic interests have now culminated in a perfect ending — she’s writing and illustrating a children’s book about German author Gisela von Arnim, who was creating protofeminist fairytales as a teenager in the 1840s, at a time when the world lacked female-focused literary figures.

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2022 MFA/BFA/BA Honors Award Winners

Author: Dept. Staff

The Department of Art, Art History, and Design would like to congratulate all our award winners at this year's MFA BFA BA Honors Thesis Exhibition.

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Progress via people, products, and ideas: Notre Dame professor brings concepts from designing breakthrough medical tech into the classroom

Author: Pat Milhizer

James Rudolph’s creative exercises can be measured in movement — from surgical robots making precise actions while replacing knees and hips to a handheld device that determines whether cancer treatment is working without breaking the skin. In his work, the Notre Dame assistant professor of industrial design is focused on discovering important problems in order to create a better future, a mindset he maintains in the classroom, where his students are designing everything from marketable products to physical environments to artistic experiences.

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The Riley Prize in Art History & Criticism – Now Accepting Submissions

Author: Dept. Staff

The Riley Prize was established by Radwan and Allan Riley to be awarded by the Department of Art, Art History and Design in recognition of a distinguished essay in art history or art criticism written by a Notre Dame Student. The award winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000.

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Meet the (ND) Maker: Sienna Wilson ’22 Uses Photography to Transform Concepts of Loss

Author: Shannon Rooney

Sienna Wilson ’22 says she and photography were always “meant to be.” The Kentucky native has had a camera in her hand since she was two years-old and took pictures whenever she could growing up. When she was little, she was fascinated by the images on the screen of the family’s digital camera and this fascination has only grown. Taking pictures as a matter of course became natural as her family traveled a lot, and she began capturing the interesting places they went. 

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Metal foundry students create art, forge friendships

Author: Claire Reid

Metal Foundry Photo By Jack Harrington


If you are still scrolling through NOVO looking for a class to fulfill the University’s fine arts requirement, sophomore Graeme Marshall has a recommendation for you: Metal Foundry.

“The class is focused on making art pieces by pouring liquid metal into a mold, called a void, and then cooling it,” said chemical engineering major Graeme Marshall. …

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With prestigious fellowship, art historian to study work of ‘acidic’ African American painter who made a mark among the Beats

Author: Pat Milhizer

Nicole Woods, a Notre Dame assistant professor of art history, has received the Leonard A. Lauder Visiting Senior Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, a world-renowned institution that brings scholars to Washington, D.C. She will spend much of the spring semester in the nation’s capital, working in the archives of the National Gallery of Art as well as the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress. Woods is studying the paintings of Bob Thompson, an African American painter from Kentucky who ran in the Beats' social circles in Greenwich Village after World War II.

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