Joseph Segura founded what was to become the Segura Publishing Company in 1981, in Tempe, Arizona. The studio played an important role in contemporary printmaking with an initial focus on collaboration with artist-printmakers and on the print process. This was followed with an emphasis on artists whose work had a social and political message. Segura was drawn to working with marginalized artists: Women, African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. Providing artists access to a medium and a way to share their ideas with a wider audience was central to the mission of the studio.
Upon an invitation from the University of Notre Dame, Segura relocated to South Bend, Indiana. Segura worked long and hard for the recognition of marginalized artists and felt strongly this effort must continue. This brought the mission to the community in South Bend.
The studio’s published works are archived with the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Scottsdale, AZ and The Snite Museum of Art at The University of Notre Dame.
The studio continues to invite activist artists, bringing their work to the community and emphasizing not only the importance of collaborative practice, but of activism and education. Now with a new generation of artists-activists in the studio, this conversation continues. Providing artists access to a medium and a way to share their ideas with a wider audience is central to the mission of the studio, as is the placement of this work in museums and collections where it will be seen by a wider audience and continue to influence contemporary culture.
The Segura Arts Studio is an active participant in the South Bend Community. The studio hosts numerous artist lectures, afterschool program workshops, open houses, technical demonstrations and special events for museum and art groups.
In spring 2017 the studio will be hosting the workshop, Project of Valor. This project brings together Veterans from the area with Notre Dame students. The Veterans personal histories are shared and through the print medium translated by the students to create a series of monotype prints. These works will be shown in the fall at the South Bend Museum of Art.