Local Artist Showcases Portraits of Sisters of Notre Dame in  Clara Fritzsche Li

Local Artist Showcases Portraits of Sisters of Notre Dame in Clara Fritzsche Library Exhibit

Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library will host the premier showing of “NUN,” an exhibit of portraits of a group of retired Sisters of Notre Dame by award-winning artist Judy Takács. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, April 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the library. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will run from April 10 through May 23. 

A self-described painter of portraits, people and life, Judy Takács is a 1986 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art. She received her B.F.A. in illustration and portrait painting and studied art history, life drawing and painting in Florence, Italy. After a successful career in illustration and graphic design, she took additional classes at the Valley Art Center and the Orange Art Center and shifted her focus from graphic design to her longtime passion: painting people.

“NUN” consists of nine oil paintings of seven Sisters of Notre Dame. The sisters are Sr. Mary Annfrancis Demming, Sr. Mary Deborah Carlin, Sr. Marian Coughlin, Sr. Mary Sharone Matoney, Sr. Mary Patricia Gannon, Sr. Mary St. Mark Florence and Sr. Annemarie Kall.

“Starting with a red and pink palette, I tried to capture the character and essence of my subjects with distinctive and expressive style, incorporating hyperrealism and vibrant color with a studied attention to detail that celebrates each subject’s uniqueness,” Takács said. “The enthusiasm and vitality of the sisters is echoed in the animated and engaging faces seen in the finished portraits.”

While she worked, Takács also listened to the fascinating and inspiring life stories of the sisters, reflected in the titles of the portraits, including “The Brave,” “Grace” and “Quiet Joy.”

The idea for Takács’ latest project was suggested by her mother, Notre Dame College professor emeritus and adjunct instructor Dalma Takács, who came to befriend many of the retired nuns while teaching at the College.

“My mother put me in touch with the Notre Dame Health Center in Chardon, Ohio, and during the months of November and December 2013, I visited the Health Center each week to paint a portrait of a different sister,” Takács said.

This show is a return engagement for Takács, who last exhibited at the Clara Fritzsche Library in 2011 in conjunction with her mother’s book signing for The Condo.

A seven-time Best of Show winner, Takács has exhibited in numerous juried, group and solo shows around Northeast Ohio including BAYarts, Valley Art Center, Orange Art Center, Fairmount Center for the Arts, Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, and most recently Zygote Press’ Monothon which allowed her to expand out of her comfort zone and explore the medium of the monoprint. She has shown her work on the national level in juried art shows in New York City and New England. Her work was also included in Manifest: International Painting 3 which features the best and brightest painters working today, as well as the Art Renewal Center’s 2012/2013 International ARC Salon, an online exhibit of the best of the best in contemporary realism. She has been featured in numerous publications including the Chagrin Valley Times, Cleveland Scene, The Plain Dealer, Collective Arts Network (CAN) Journal, the Chagrin Solon Sun, West Life Magazine, and The Solon Times.

Takács lives in Solon, Ohio, with her husband and three sons. She loves painting in her home studio and sometimes uses friends and family as subjects for paintings. For more of Takács’ work, visit her website at www.judytakacspaintspeople.com.

The exhibit may be viewed during library hours: Mondays-Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sundays from 1-10 p.m. For further information about the show and hours after May 9, contact Karen Zoller at 216.373.5267 or kzoller@ndc.edu.



For 91 years, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers 22 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Highlights of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff and small class sizes.