How an Arts & Letters education inspired art history major Meg Burns to follow her passion — and be open to change

Author: Sophia Lauber

Senior Meg Burns says that the tagline to her experience at Notre Dame could be, “It’s OK to change your mind.” After three semesters majoring in biochemistry, Burns decided to follow her passion and major in art history. Then, during her junior year, she dramatically shifted the focus of her senior thesis after having completed research in Dublin. Looking back, Burns said these moments became valuable learning experiences themselves.

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Meet the (ND) Maker: Jackson Wrede '18 Combines Pop Culture and Fine Art in "Pop Collage" Style Paintings

Author: Shannon Rooney

Alumnus Jackson Wrede creates “pop collage” style paintings that mix images from popular culture, well-known works in art history, and graffiti lettering, among other fun elements. If you’re only viewing them online, it may take you a moment to realize each piece is, in fact, an oil painting, with colors so painstakingly and vividly produced that they mimic the opacity of printed images. 

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2020 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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Notre Dame donates 3D printed face shields to medical outlets in need

Author: Sue Ryan

Research Associate Professor and Director of the IDEA Center Innovation Lab Matthew Leevy is coordinating a cross-functional response of Notre Dame faculty and staff to 3D print several thousand clear plastic face shields at the request of local and regional medical systems.

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‘We are all in this together’: How A&L faculty rapidly adapted their courses for distance learning

Author: Carrie Gates

From philosophy to musical theatre to economics, Arts and Letters faculty are using technological innovations — as well as creativity, patience, and empathy — to continue the educational experience for their students as the University shifts to online classes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The sudden shift has prompted adaptation in the face of adversity — from defending a dissertation via Zoom meeting to posting and analyzing behind-the-scenes clips of rehearsal for a musical that won't be performed — but it has also already helped faculty and students forge new bonds with each other.

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