Latent Emissions, Chakaia Booker
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:
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...
The Friends of the Snite Museum of Art are very pleased to introduce you to board member, Angie Chamblee. Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, Angie was just two weeks old when her family moved to East Lansing, Michigan, where her parents were attending graduate school. Angie first came to our South Bend area in the Fall of 1969 to attend college and then settled here after graduate school and marriage. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame and received a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Michigan State. Soon after graduate school, Angie returned to Notre Dame as an advisor in the Freshman Year of Studies and 38 years later she retired as the Senior Associate Dean of the First Year of Studies, specializing in transitional issues of university first year students.
“Art. It’s one of the ways I understand what’s going on in the world.”
We recently had the pleasure to sit down with Friends of the Snite Museum board member, Theresa Nucciarone, who is currently serving in her third year on the board. From the South Bend area, Theresa graduated from Saint Mary's College with a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. After graduation, Theresa purposefully explored the field of Art Education in various capacities including teaching elementary school programs and facilitating public programs at the Snite Museum of Art.
After some time exploring within the art professions, her interests honed toward International Education, an area where she is now pursuing her Master of Education in the International Higher Education Program with Loyola University Chicago.
She also presently works in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at Notre Dame. “I’m an educator, experienced in teaching, advising, as well as overseeing and facilitating programs. Enthusiastic about travel and experiential education, I’m always eager to converse with others about such opportunities. In particular, I enjoy presenting on and fostering relationships with students interested in study abroad.”
The Spretnjak Family - A Founding Family's story
Being in the right place at the right time ─ on several occasions ─ seems to be the best way to describe how Helen and Steve Spretnjak’s lives came together long ago and continue to positively impact the world they touched
Helen Jean Sieron and Steve A. Spretnjak were both born and raised in immigrant Catholic families from Europe. As individuals, both Helen’s and Steve’s family backgrounds, steadfast values and unique interests culminated in many significant involvements over their time together, and accomplishments that continue as a result of their union. Today we share about their joint excitement for the Snite Museum of Art and its enduring future, and the ongoing development of the fine arts at the University of Notre Dame.
Michael Riemke has lived in Indiana his entire life, raised just north of Fort Wayne. A little more than 30 years ago, after working in computer technology for General Electric’s Aerospace Division, and with degrees in Computer Technology from Purdue University and Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University in hand, the University of Notre Dame offered Michael a position as a Systems Analyst in their Administrative Computing Department.
Over time Michael transitioned from computer technology to management in the Student Accounts and Cashier Offices. Since 2009, he has worked in the role of Associate Director in the Office of Financial Aid.
- Check back regularly and get to know some new Friends!