Friends Forum

This series of biographies of members of the Friends of the Snite Museum of Art is presented as an introduction to the Friends. In this our 40th anniversary year, we will also be highlighting some of our founding members. Every few weeks, a different Friend will be featured. Get acquainted with:

Mary Lou Mullen

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Pete and Mary Lou Mullen

Friends of the Snite Museum Board Member Mary Lou Mullen grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Pete, moved to South Bend many years ago when her husband accepted a promotion with Sun Oil Company management. The South Bend assignment was their third job and residence relocation in just three years. When the next promotion came along, Mary Lou and Pete decided to remain in South Bend to raise their three children due to the friendliness of the city and area, and the cultural assets in town and nearby.

A graduate of Georgetown Visitation Prep School in Washington, D.C., and of Newton College (now part of Boston College) with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, Mary Lou also earned an M.S.A. in Non-Profit Administration from the University of Notre Dame Business School.

While raising her family, Mary Lou worked for ten years at the YWCA and Madison Center in development positions at both agencies. Mary Lou later worked at Saint Mary's College as the Annual Fund Director and Major Gift Officer for sixteen years, retiring in 2011.

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Anne Hillman

In this month of Thanksgiving, the Friends of the Snite Museum of Art are very pleased to introduce you to Founding Friends member, Anne Hillman! 

Anne (Mossberg) Hillman has spent a large portion of her life enjoying, promoting and supporting the arts and as a Founding Friends member we are honored to spend some time with her reminiscing about her early Snite memories and her current art interests and activity in the community.

Having attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, Anne majored in Political Science. Her late husband, Charles (who passed in 2012), also attended DePauw and majored in Economics. Together and throughout their 58-year marriage, Anne and Charles through both their personal lives and their printing and communications business, Mossberg & Company, Inc., demonstrated a remarkable impact within our South Bend community and the greater region. Today, Anne carries on their family legacy of progressive support and constructive influence.

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Kathy Reddy White

Kathy was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, and received her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (BFA) from Saint Mary’s College in the 1970s, and her master’s degree in Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of Notre Dame in the 1980s. With her MFA in hand, Kathy’s professional career brought her to Kirsch Company in the marketing department where she worked for nearly 15 years, then to Todd Allen in graphic design, and then something very significant happened! In 2001 and on her own in 2001, Kathy developed the concept and opened CircaArts Gallery. The gallery began as a part-time endeavor but within a year took on a full-time life. The 20th anniversary of CircaArts Gallery will be next year!

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Sharon Donlon, A Founding Friend & Board Member, and Docent!

Born in Lake County, Indiana, Sharon was close enough to Chicago during her childhood to visit the various museums and art galleries, sparking her interest and passion for art.  A while later in life, Sharon’s marriage with her husband and their two children brought the family to South Bend in 1965. 

What a happy surprise to learn that South Bend had an Art Center and the Notre Dame O’Shaughnessy Art Gallery on campus, plus many other venues to enjoy art,” Sharon shared. “Because of the breadth and depth of the museum collection it was a great place to bring children.”  Later, a subsequent marriage to a widower added eight children to Sharon’s flock. “My dream come true!” said Sharon of the larger family.

Through my many visits to Notre Dame and love of the collections, I was asked to be on the ‘Friends’ board when this Snite Museum of Art was built. Read more...


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