Guest Artist: Frederico Vigil
The Hesburgh Auditorium
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Reception will follow in the Library Concourse
You are invited to attend the Dedication Ceremony and Blessing of the Frederico Vigil Fresco, a new work of art "In celebration of Notre Dame's outstanding leadership in advancing higher education."
Frederico Vigil (b. 1946) is an Indo-Hispano Nuevo Mexicano. He has traced his roots in the state of New Mexico back through twelve generations. Frederico grew up on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, a road of dirt that ran next to a ditch full of fish. Today Canyon Road is very famous, known for being one of the country’s most vibrant artist communities.
In the 1980’s Frederico had the opportunity to intern with Lucienne Bloch and her husband Stephen Pope Dimitroff who had learned the art of Buon fresco or "true" fresco from Diego Rivera. They were in there 70s and 80s and wanted to pass this tradition on to the next generation. Lured by the mystic and the fact that fresco is public art, he decided to make fresco his life’s mission.
Frederico painted the fresco on the campus of Notre Dame, in May of 2012. It is now prominently displayed in its permanent location, the lobby of the Hesburgh Library. In accordance with the artist’s wishes, the title will be announced during the ceremony.
Frederico’s visit and commissioned fresco was made possible through the generosity of the following: Institute for Latino Studies, Boehnen Fund for Excellence in the Arts through the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts in the College of Arts and Letters; Snite Museum of Art; and Multicultural Student Programs and Services.