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Snite Museum of Art Essay Competition

Each academic year, the Snite Museum of Art, in conjunction with the University Writing Program and the First Year of Studies, celebrates the best essay by a first-year student on a topic related to a work of art in the museum’s collection. First, second, and third place winners will receive $150, $125, and $100 cash awards, respectively, and have their essays published in Fresh Writing, Volume 17. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 10, 2017. Download the essay guidelines or read the 2015–2016 winning essays.

Use Works of Art at the Snite to Support Your Studies

Works of art at the Snite can support your research, be subject matter for class assignments, and provide inspiration. The Snite supports students whose academic interests connect to works of art in the museum's collection. Snite staff members are a resource for your questions about works of art and can arrange for you to see works of art not currently on view.  Want to see something but you are not sure what? Snite staff can help you determine which objects might best suit your interests.  

Contact the Curator of Education, Academic Programs at (574) 631-4718 or by email with questions. 

Learn More About Works of Art at the Snite

See an Overview of the CollectionsThe Snite Museum of Art is comprised of over 27,000 objects representing thousands of years of human expression from around the globe. 

Read Museum PublicationsLearn more about works of art in the collection in these featured Snite publications.

Listen to a SniteCast: The Snite has over 50 podcasts that explore works of art in the collection.  

Attend Events at the Snite: Exhibition openings, gallery talks, lectures, and interdisciplinary events are an enjoyable way to learn more about works of art at the museum. View the calendar for more information.  

Snite Salon Series: Snite Salons are collegial exchanges of ideas about a great work of art, informed by participants' thoughtful observations, curiosity, and discernment.  Gather with fellow students, faculty, and staff in the galleries to discover, discuss, and debate together the selection for this monthly program.  See the calendar for more information.

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Student Advisory Group

The Snite Museum of Art Student Advisory Group is looking for new members for the 2016-2017 academic year. The group bridges the Museum and the student body by collaborating with staff to promote the Museum on campus and represent campus inside the Museum. The student advisory group will plan and host creative, academic, and social events at the museum specifically for students. For more information, contact Bridget Hoyt, curator of education, or fill out an application. Applications due April 6th.

PhotoFutures: Collecting Art for Notre Dame

PhotoFutures

PhotoFutures is a collaborative collecting group at the Snite Museum of Art that acquires contemporary photography for the University of Notre Dame. Designed for students of any major, this six-session co-curricular program combines issues related to museum collecting, contemporary photography, and socially-engaged artistic practice. Students will critique individual photographs and evaluate artists' portfolios, and also engage in critical discussions with the artists themselves, Snite Museum curators, and select faculty. Ultimately, students will develop their own collecting criteria to recommend a photograph for acquisition that adds value to the permanent collection of the Snite Museum and supports the mission of the University. 

This fall, PhotoFutures will explore how images affect our understanding of American gun culture. Featured photographers include David Levinthal, Lynne Cohen, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Zed Nelson, and Lindsay McCrum. Faculty from the Law School, American Studies, and Gender Studies will join the discussions.

Register for PhotoFutures through Class Search using CRN 16828. This non-credit opportunity is listed under Art History (ARHI30540), but it is open to all students.

Gallery Teacher Program

If you have a passion for art and an interest in teaching, consider being a student gallery teacher at the Snite Museum for the 2016-2017 academic year. Undergraduate students in this position support both the Museum and its partner departments by teaching through art when classes visit the Snite Museum. 

The Snite Museum is currently looking for studetns to teach Spanish language, French language, and Writing and Rhetoric classes. For more information about these paid positions, contact Bridget Hoyt, curator of education, or fill out an application (language classes or Writing and Rhetoric). Applications are due April 8th. 

Stay Connected to the Snite

Be added to the Snite listserv and keep up with opportunities and events just for students at the Snite. Check the calendar for upcoming events ranging from lectures to exhibition openings to social events.