Art, Art History & Design
Robert Sedlack’s academic research is focused on the life-changing impact that design can have when applied appropriately and collaboratively with organizations dedicated to social betterment. He gravitates toward projects that heighten the awareness of and reliance on graphic design to help achieve broad-based social and cultural advancement throughout the world community.
Sedlack teaches both undergraduate and graduate design students and his course work includes projects that tackle various social issues such as discrimination, gun control, poverty, and voter participation. Connecting students to the professional world of design is one of Sedlack’s passions. He fosters this relationship by hosting conferences and visiting speakers, organizing frequent visits to design firms and related organizations, and arranging trips to design shows, exhibits, and portfolio reviews.
In addition to receiving recognition from HOW, Graphis, Print, and the American Association of Museums, he was included in Graphic Design USA magazine’s list of “People to Watch” and was recognized by the Indianapolis Peace Institute with a Cornerstone Peacebuilding Award. He also served as lead author for “Graphics and Visual Communications for Managers” (2008, 2nd edition, Thomson-Southwestern). In 2009, Sedlack won the Notre Dame’s Joyce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and had a one-person exhibition of his design work at the South Bend Museum of Art.