Photo of the Week: End-of-summer art

Author: Sarah Cahalan '14

Potwbirdsell Photo by Jacob Titus

Last week, we gave you a taste of current performing arts offerings in the South Bend community. This week, we’re shifting our focus to the visual.


You might think the Snite Museum and the South Bend Museum of Art are the only visual-arts venues around, but in the past few weeks, a less traditional viewing space has opened its doors. The four-year-old Birdsell Project seeks to reclaim South Bend’s abandoned spaces by transforming them into unorthodox galleries for site-specific art. This year’s exhibition — which opened July 28 in a former dry-cleaning facility at 251 E. Sample St. — features installations by nine artists-in-residence from around the country, each inspired by the venue or the city of South Bend as a whole. Pictured here is “plea,” by Kalamazoo-based artist Marissa Klee-Peregon. 


There’s no Notre Dame connection to this week’s photo (though the Birdsell Project has collaborated with ND art students in the past), but it is a great reminder of the cool things happening just outside the borders of our campus. The exhibition is open Saturdays and Sundays through August 24 — just long enough for returning students and parents to pencil in a visit during their back-to-school South Bend exploring. 


Photo of the Week highlights images of notable happenings on campus and in the Notre Dame family around the world. Have a snapshot you think we should see? Email to be considered for publication.