As a design major at Notre Dame, I find myself always in search of things that will inspire or inform my projects. This process of enhancing the imagination has taken me to places beyond my wildest dreams but has also brought me closer to home. To me, that ability to study, work, and live in a plethora of places is what makes Notre Dame so priceless. The experiences I have attained have considerably altered my path, as my eyes have now been opened to the possibilities through travel.
Much medieval Italian art from the 13th century is focused on Christianity — paintings and sculptures depicting Jesus, the Virgin Mary, saints, or other Biblical scenes. But murals that were hidden for hundreds of years under layers of whitewash at the Santi Quattro Coronati monastery in Rome are different — in addition to religious iconography, they also depict secular knowledge. Notre Dame art historian Marius Hauknes is fascinated by the significant shift implied by the newly discovered paintings, and he’s spending this year writing a book on the subject after winning a fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
Six sculptures by University of Notre Dame professor Rev. Austin Collins, C.S.C., have been installed in roundabouts in South Bend as part of a pilot aimed at adding color and vibrancy to the city and sparking conversation around public art.
Braden Kimmel, an industrial design BFA student, interned this summer at Purposeful Design, an Indianapolis-based furniture company that trains and employs formerly homeless men. “There’s so much more experience you can gain from working with professionals in the field,” he said. Kimmel received funding through the Center for Career Development, which grants undergraduates up to $3,500 to cover living expenses during a qualified summer internship.
Design students Brittany Keane-Murphy ‘21, and Diane Park ‘21, spent seven weeks as industrial design interns for Topsun, one of the leading camping and outdoor leisure manufacturing companies in China.
Graduate students from Notre Dame's Department of Art, Art History & Design joined graduate students from the New York Academy of Art and Dublin's Royal Hibernian Academy last summer in a month-long art residency in Ireland.
The University of Notre Dame Alumni Association has launched ThinkND, an online learning community open to Notre Dame alumni, friends and the public, that seeks to inspire minds and spark conversations. ThinkND features free videos, podcasts, articles and courses delivered by Notre Dame faculty and experts and curated by the Alumni Association in one convenient location.
Teaching Scholar Troy Aiken has artwork on view for the Anew Exhibition at the Intersect Arts Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The show is open from Sept. 7 to Oct. 4, 2019. Aiken will also feature work in BLUE, a national juried exhibition at the Webster Arts Center in Webster Groves, Missouri. The opening reception is Tuesday, September 17, from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Nicole L. Woods will give a lecture, "Participatory Ecologies and the House of Dust: Alison Knowles's Expanded Publics," for the School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa on September 10, 2019.