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Current Exhibitions

Images of Social Justice from the Segura Arts Studio
September 13 – December 9, 2018

Master printer and publisher Joe Segura has dedicated his life’s work to collaborative printmaking, working with and promoting artists from underrepresented cultural groups. Segura founded the Segura Publishing Company in 1981 in Tempe, Arizona, and was drawn to marginalized artists: women, African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. In 2013, upon invitation from the University of Notre Dame, Segura moved the workshop to South Bend, Indiana, and changed the name to Segura Arts Studio. Following the move, Segura immediately began to dovetail the studio’s activities with those of the academic departments at the University of Notre Dame.

This exhibition features thirty-six prints created at Segura Arts Studio by seventeen visiting artists. Social justice issues bind these artists together, each tackling either human, animal, or land rights issues in their own style. The prints include a linocut by Elizabeth Catlett, lithographs by Sue Coe and Luis Jiminez, mixed media works by Luis Gonzales Palma, and photogravures by Graciela Iterbide. More recent artists to visit the workshop include: Claudia Bernardi, Enrique Chagoya, Claudio Dicochea, Terry Evans, Hung Liu, Jacob Meders, Faith Ringgold, Maria Tomasula, Vincent Valdez, Carrie Mae Weems, Emmi Whitehorse, and Matika Wilbur. All of these artists express concerns regarding the abuse of power, culture wars, race, gender, and citizenship. This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Roanoke through the Roanoke Arts Commission.

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Claudia Bernardi, Palabras de Arena (Words of Sand), 2013. Color intaglio, ed. of 60.



Christian Benefiel:
sculpture in an otherwise empty space
October 4 – December 16, 2018

Made of interwoven pieces of wood, Christian Benefiel’s large-scale sculptures are both aesthetically pleasing and philosophical in nature. These three works all feature holes and allude to targets, tunnels, or vessels. The holes are also representative of depression and loss. No nails, bolts, or glue are used to construct the works. Instead, they are held together with tension, relying on stress and force, balance, and other basic elements of physics. Inspired by the systematic structures in which culture, interpersonal relationships, and civilization are based, the works explore the notion of order in chaos, and become metaphors for the interconnectedness and fragility of society. Benefiel notes, “The way in which materials, people and elements interact, react and depend on one another is the string that ties my work together.” Students at Hollins University assisted the artist with the installation of these works. View a time lapse video of installation here.

Benefiel is Associate Professor of Sculpture at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. He has shown his work nationally and internationally and is represented in collections and public installations throughout the United States. He has received numerous awards including the Roth Endowment Award, William J. Fulbright Post Graduate Research Grant, and the Hamiltonian Fellowship. Benefiel has held artist residencies in the United States and abroad. The artist lives and works in western Maryland. This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Roanoke through the Roanoke Arts Commission.


Christian Benefiel, Opportunity, Obstacle and Ordeal, 2016. Natural materials.


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