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:

Grant Osborn

Grant Osborn

“Double Domer” Grant Osborn was born on Long Island, New York. His father, a policeman and detective, moved the family to New Hampshire upon his retirement. Grant attended Saint Johnsbury Academy in neighboring Vermont and, after high school, intended to enroll in the Air Force Academy. But, due to a broken collar bone, Grant opted not to defer college for a year and instead enrolled at the University of Notre Dame. He earned his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences with minors in English, and Film, Television, and Theater. He then continued his education at the University with a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Read more about Grant.

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.

Read more about Susie

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.

Read more about Bridget's program



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