Lynn Freehill-Maye | September 17, 2014 | Notre Dame Magazine
A man with a tweed jacket and weathered face works from a stately brick building on South Bend’s West Side. The refurbished building feels far from Notre Dame, but Joe Segura and his art studio are central to a new outreach effort by the University.
The Segura Arts Studio and its lithographic printing presses were purchased by Notre Dame and moved to West Washington Street last year, part of the University’s new Center for Arts & Culture. The Office of Community Relations, Notre Dame’s primary liaison with its many neighbors, moved into the center, too. By bringing these different parts together, the center aims to use art and community programs to engage with diverse groups off-campus, around Michiana, and beyond.
Studio founder and director Joe Segura has been at it for decades now, one of the most established master printers in the country. But he wouldn’t have been voted “Most Likely to Start an Art Business.” The quiet leader grew up in Sterling, a northern Illinois steel town. When the mills there closed, Segura and his Mexican-American parents, who ran a bar, were among the few Latinos who remained.