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 membership. Every few weeks, a different Friend will be featured. Get acquainted with:

Susan Farrington

Susan Farrington—called Susie by her friends—is the President-elect of the Friends of the Snite Museum Board of Directors.

Susie beside a favorite pair of vases in the Decorative Arts Gallery.

Born in South Korea, Susie was six years old when her family relocated to the United States so that her father could accept a teaching position at Columbia University Law School in New York City. Although Susie describes her childhood family as holding tight reins on activities and behavior, she was allowed the freedom to explore the city unaccompanied. She started riding the Manhattan subway on her own at age eleven. Her destinations were often such iconic museums as the Museum of Modern Art and The Guggenheim and, due to those experiences, Susie considers herself a lifelong museum-hopper.

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Retiring Director, Ann Dean

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Ann and Fred Dean at the 2017 Christmas Benefit.

Friends of the Snite Museum Board Member Ann Dean grew up in South Bend, Indiana. She and her husband, Dr. Frederick Dean, a native of Peoria, Illinois, have made their home in the South Bend area for many years and raised their three children. Now retired, Ann and Fred split their time between a home in Florida and a home on Diamond Lake in Michigan. Their three children have spread out geographically and now reside in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Colorado. 

Ann attended Central High School in South Bend and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Consumer Science from Ball State University and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Indiana University. She taught Home Economics at Adams High School and later worked in the radiology department at Memorial Hospital, where she met Fred Dean. Read more about Ann

Bridget Hoyt - Academic Collaboration

Cut Hoyt Bridget

Despite being closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Snite Museum of Art remains a vibrant institution that is available to the students, staff, and faculty of the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, and Holy Cross College. Most visitors are students who require access to the Museum for academic coursework. Bridget Hoyt, the Curator of Education for Academic Programs for the past eight years, is the mover and shaker behind the Museum-Academic partnership. She is a Notre Dame alumna who has a background in art history and museum education.


Bridget’s role is to support and collaborate with faculty members to identify and foster goals that utilize the visual arts as a learning tool. When course descriptions are released by faculty members each semester, Bridget identifies specific learning outcomes and reaches out to faculty with suggestions of how they can partner with the Museum to attain them. She also assists professors in writing grants for course revision and development and often introduces faculty to new pedagogical strategies. Most academic disciplines tap the Snite for the visual arts, but others—such as sociology—might examine the Museum’s organizational structure.

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Andy Wendelborn

Andy Wndelborn In Park

For Friends of the Snite Museum Board Member Andy Wendelborn, being a member of the Snite Museum of Art is a family affair.  His two young nephews Tucker, age 9, and Myles, age 7, are also members as Little Friends of the Museum.  On a beautiful fall evening in September, I met with Andy and his nephews, along with their mom, Andy’s sister Caitlin, in the beautiful Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park for a walk and conversation about art and the family’s love of all the Snite Museum of Art has to offer for members of all ages.

Kelli Kalisik, the immediate past Board President, approached Andy about becoming a board member, and he has been a board member now for the last three years.  Andy was born and raised in Wisconsin, but moved to South Bend when he was 11.  One of his first memories of the museum was as an 8th grader, when his class came to tour the museum on a field trip.  What a testament to the museum’s long history of sharing and exposing art to younger students and potential members.  Andy also remembers at that time, they were just starting to build DeBartolo Hall, southwest of the museum.  When Andy came to the University as an undergraduate to major in history in the late 90s, he like so many others, fell in love with the campus and has been at the University ever since.  Andy also furthered his education at the University and received his Master of Nonprofit Administration in 2012.  His employment began at Notre Dame in 2000 at the Notre Dame Conference Center and then he transitioned to the Development Office.  Andy currently works at the Mendoza College of Business where he works in student services and administration first for graduate students, and now currently for undergraduates.

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