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‘Cultural maintenance’: 2017 art history alumna restores classic works at Vatican Museums

Author: Andy Fuller

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.

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MFA student Shreejan Shrestha selected for 'Global Grad Show' in Dubai

Author: Nora Kenney

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. 

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Snite Museum of Art Appoints New Director

Author: Gina Costa

Joseph Antenucci Becherer Feature

 

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.”

 

Becherer

 

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Notre Dame design major collaborates with engineering students to help those in need

Author: Dominique Demoe

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.

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Brittany Williams' photo selected for "The Print Swap Exhibition"

Author: Dept. Staff

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.

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Nicole Woods

Author: Daily Domer Staff

Art historian Woods wins grant from Graham Foundation.

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Social design course challenges students from Notre Dame and India to use creativity to tackle a global problem

Author: Carrie Gates

When Kacey Hengesbach began her undergraduate career at Notre Dame, she didn’t imagine that it would include traveling 8,000 miles to Ahmedabad, India. But thanks to a new course created by Neeta Verma, she had the chance to spend three weeks there last summer, working collaboratively with students from India’s National Institute of Design. Hengesbach and the other students in Verma’s Social Design course continued their partnership with the NID students throughout the fall semester, hosting them for a two-week visit to Notre Dame in September and communicating via Skype and email for the remainder of the course.

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Neeta Verma: "The Evolving Role of the Designer in the New Paradigm"

Author: Dept. Staff

Presentation at College Art Association’s Annual Conference, February 24, 2018, Los Angeles, CA


The Evolving Role of the Designer in the New Paradigm

Neeta Verma, Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame

 

Within the context of a world where many socio-economic challenges are becoming a shared predicament, the paper examines the evolving role of design/designers to understand how user-centric approaches have introduced research, testing, and validation to the design process. The emergence of web created a seismic shift in the 1990’s–it redefined the crucial role that users began to play in the redefinition of both industrial and visual communication design. Added to this shift, the rapid change of scale at which problems came to be defined, especially within societal contexts, made it imperative for designers to extend their approach beyond disciplinary skills to gaining a deeper understanding of the context within which they operate in an effort to create sustainable impact through design innovation. In this new ecology, in addition to serving as creatives by connecting ‘need’ to ‘gratification’, the role of the designer transformed to incorporate additional roles: that of being a collaborator, facilitator, catalyst, and co-creator.…

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Justin Barfield - Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspective in Printmedia

Author: Dept. Staff

Justin Barfield will be in the exhibition Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspective in Printmedia at the Hunterdon Art Museum in New Jersey curated by Sheila Goloborotko. The Exhibition will take place between May 12-September 2, 2018with the opening reception from 7 PM - 9 PM on May 12. The Exhibition will showcase the work of 18 artists who use printmedia with a sculptural and installation perspective. Below is a brief write up about the exhibition and an exhibition postcard.

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MFA design student’s board game gets first-year students talking about tough topics

Author: Teagan Dillon

Throughout the month of March, students in the Moreau First Year Experience course have been visiting the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being to try out a new board game created by Carly Hagins, an MFA student focusing on industrial design. “Quad: A Game of Conversations” works to spark discussion between players about social life at Notre Dame, in the hopes of breaking down the initial misperceptions that often lead to unhealthy drinking habits.

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2018 MFA/BFA/BA award winners

Author: Dept. Staff

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

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Solarium Show Winners

Author: Dept. Staff

In its fourth year, the Solarium Gallery, located in the heart of the Graduate School offices, hosts the work of 6 artists from the Department of Art, Art History & Design Master of Fine Arts program, and presents a variety of compelling artworks created in Riley Hall.

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How a passion for a French painter and a knowledge of violins prepared an art history major to work at Sotheby’s

Author: Teagan Dillon

Growing up in South Bend, Carly Murphy ’01 always admired Marc Chagall’s Le Grand Cirque when she saw it in the Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame. This piece of art sparked a love of French culture in Murphy, who went on to major in French and art history in the College of Arts and Letters. Now vice president of global client development at Sotheby’s international art auction house, Murphy returned to campus last semester to speak to a gathering of students, reflecting on her Notre Dame education and offering advice on entering the art world. 

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Exhibition Opening: Jordan Kauffman

Author: Goshen College

Visiting Assistant Professional Specialist, Jordan Kauffman, will display his design work in the Music Center’s Hershberger Art Gallery from Jan. 28 through Sept. 17, 2018. A reception will be held on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. in the gallery, with an artist’s talk at 3:30 p.m.

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Young, black and gifted: On creating art in Detroit

Author: Waleed Johnson '15

To the average American, words like decay, crime, and despair are synonymous with Detroit, not words like art and creativity. However, our thriving art community is one of our best-kept secrets.  In recent years it has been getting more attention from those on the outside. “Authentic” is perhaps the best word to describe art here. It isn't a forced attempt to save the city; rather, art here is just a natural part of the ecosystem. It has always been present and has continued to blossom and manifest itself in different ways in response to the city's changes

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