40 years of the Friends, 1979 – 2019

Celebrating Forty Years of Friendship and Art

"As museum advocates, the Friends enrich our community through active outreach, lifelong learning, and meaningful encounters in appreciation of the visual arts."

Mission Statement, Friends of the Snite Museum of Art

The year 2019 marks the fortieth anniversary of the Friends of the Snite Museum of Art. As the museum’s signature community support organization, the Friends have been vital contributors to the growth and appreciation of the Snite Museum’s collections and exhibitions.

It would be impossible to imagine the history of the Snite without the Friends. For many years, members offered support through the purchase of works of art, acquiring more than forty objects from a variety of cultures. To celebrate this special year, the works funded by the Friends on permanent display are marked with a special label; additionally, works on paper can be found rotating on a temporary wall of honor on the first floor of the Museum.

Recently, Friends members have chosen to support the museum through contributions to the museum’s Education Department and through community outreach events. In doing so, they ensure that the Snite’s collections and exhibitions are brought to life for thousands of visitors from across the region. Whether an elementary school group tour, high school program, community group, or Notre Dame class, all are benefiting from the Friends’ commitment to the museum and its programming.

Membership to the Friends of the Snite is open to everyone and offers exclusive previews and programs, as well as reciprocal membership to art museums across the country. Additional information is available at the Visitors Desk in the museum’s atrium.

Happy Anniversary, Friends – the museum and our community thank you.