In 1981 Joe Segura founded the Segura Publishing Company in Tempe, Arizona to produce the works of underrepresented artists, with a particular interest in Hispanic art. The company has since become known for its promotion of minority artists, exploration of photographic techniques and an outstanding collaborative environment. Over its 30 year history, and with the leadership of Joe Segura and his team, the Segura Publishing company has collaborated with many artists and produced numerous pieces of art. The company has had a profound impact on the art community by both offering the opportunities to produce works to underrepresented populations and by promoting their works and pushing them into the mainstream art community.
The acquisition of the Segura Publishing Company by the University of Notre Dame in 2012 allows Joe Segura and the studio to continue its mission of producing and making accessible significant fine art and give the University an opportunity to secure a foothold on the opportunities offered to underrepresented artists.
Previously known as the Segura Publishing Company, this organization was founded in Arizona by Tamarind Master Printer Joe Segura. With the new name and new location in the Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture, Segura continues his mission: to collaborate with important artists to make works accessible to the market and influential collections.
The Segura Arts Studio focuses on three areas of artistic endeavor: print processes that further the creative possibilities; production of works by underrepresented artists who explore issues related to self-identification; and work that dispels outdated and culturally biased beliefs about life in the United States, concentrating on the issues of immigration, acculturation, and assimilation.
The Segura Arts Studio challenges preconceived notions of the print via a combination of traditional processes as well as nineteenth-century photographic techniques. Established and emerging artists are invited to embark upon collaborative ventures with the studio’s staff to create relationships, develop ideas, and produce original works of art. The studio provides artists with an arsenal of equipment and technical skill that can be used to develop projects of any scope and that would often be impossible for the artist to bring to fruition working alone.
Through the production of significant fine art, collaborate with important artists to make works accessible to the market and influential collections.
To ensure that artists from traditionally underrepresented groups are fully recognized by the greater art world.