Isabella Di Bono

           I am Isa: I was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras where I grew up until I graduated High School. Physical materials have been my preferred way to express myself. Painting is what I practice the most, but I am also constantly trying to learn how new mediums work and how to express myself through them. At Notre Dame I discovered that I am fascinated with studying history through physical objects humans have created over time. So, I decided to pursue a BFA in studio art and a supplementary major in art history.

          Besides being amazed by the color in pigments I am always noticing naturally occurring colors and patterns all around us. I also enjoy experimenting with new recipes, discovering new music and having a good time! My paintings are born from both an acceptance of the unknown and a motivation to always keep exploring. Art is a space for me where I can physically imagine and play out any case scenario and make mistakes without consequences.

 
 

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2021

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Supplementary Major in Art History, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

2018

Diploma of Hispanic, Latin-American and European Studies, Fundación José Ortega y Gasset, Toledo, Spain

Awards and Grants

2021

Emil Jacques Gold Medal for Excellence, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Radwan and Allan Riley Prize in Studio Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

2020

Judith. A. Wrappe Memorial Prize, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Greif Award, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Residencies

2019

Undergraduate Residency, South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN
Exhibitions

2021

BFA Thesis Exhibition, Riley Hall of Art & Design, Notre Dame, IN

2020

Undergraduate Residency Show, South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN

2018
Fall Duncan Student Center Juried Exhibition, Notre Dame, IN
Spring Duncan Student Center Juried Exhibition, Notre Dame, IN
 
Professional Experience
2020-2018
Digital Production Student Assistant, Visual Resources Center, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
2020
Freelance Charcoal Portrait Artist, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Various Painting Commissions, (New York, New York; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Washington, DC)
2019
Research Assistant for Latin American Art, Department of Art History, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Silkscreen Printing Assistant, Art Attack, University of Notre Dame, IN
2019-2017
International Admissions Student Assistant, Office of International Admissions, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Student Athlete Tutor in Spanish and Italian, Academic Services for Student Athletes, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Volunteer Professional Experience
2020
Instructor, Collaborative Abstract Painting Workshop, South Bend, IN
2019
Exhibition Artist Assistant, Too Bad We're Not Capitalists, AAHD Gallery, Notre Dame, IN
Event Assistant, Art Beat, South Bend, IN
Project Assistant, Festival of Banners, South Bend, IN
Publications
2020
"2019 Undergraduate Residency Exhibition," South Bend Museum of Art, July 5-Sept.27.
Diets, Joseph. "Three College Students Delve into the Unknown at South Bend Museum of Art," South Bend Tribune, Aug. 23.
Prosniewski, Grace. "Isabella 'Isa' Di Bono '21," Hesburgh Women of ImpactSept. 4.
Rooney, Shannon. "Isabella Di bono '21 Makes Abstract Paintings Experiential," Meet the (ND) Maker, June 17.
2019
"Summer Undergraduate Residency Program," Michiana WNIT Education Counts, WNIT Channel, Sept. 3.