Ann M. Knoll

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Name: Ann M. Knoll
Position: Associate Director
Email Address: aknoll@nd.edu

What is the most rewarding aspect of your position?:
A staff position for an academic art museum provides opportunities to work with an incredible art collection, knowledgeable colleagues and faculty members, as well as engaging donors and council members. But for me, the job's most rewarding aspects are the opportunities to work with and get to know a few ND students every year.

Ideally, our student interns and employees learn to become advocates and supporters of the arts from their experiences at the Snite Museum. During my 19+ years here, a few of them have gone on to become members of the museum or an art-related profession, which makes me very proud.

How did you get into museum work?: 
I chose the art museum profession after investigating both archaeology and object conservation as careers, and participating in internships at four museums that varied in size, type of collection, and governance structure.

In elementary school, my favorite subject was social studies. It combined information from multiple fields and disciplines to explain world cultures, and I enjoyed reading about archaeologists and famous sites.

In college, my career goal shifted from archaeology to object conservation and art history after participating in a six-week excavation, and discussions with professional archaeologists doing contract survey work for governmental units due to the lack of teaching positions. I knew excavation teams often included a conservator. Internships at two different museum conservation labs revealed the repetitive nature of the job and daily exposure to harmful chemicals. So I went to graduate school and entered the museum administration field for more variety in my daily tasks and opportunities for interactions with colleagues, donors, and artists.

Favorite work in the Snite Museum of Art?:
I am very fond of and enjoy looking at several works of art in the Snite Museum’s collection. For example, the vibrant color palette and informal arrangement of the small-scale Holy Family figures tucked into the right foreground corner of a Dutch landscape, "Rest on the Flight into Egypt", (before 1630), by Abraham Bloemaert, always elicits a smile from me. Other examples of works in the collection that I enjoy are the dramatic beauty and referential tone of the "Adoration of the Magi", (1838), by Eduard Steinbrück, and the impression of fierce potential energy, when viewing the sculpture, "Latent Emissions", (1998), by Chakaia Booker.