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:

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!


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...

Angie Chamblee

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.

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Theresa Nucciarone Resized

Theresa Nucciarone

“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.”

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The Spretnjak Family - A Founding Family's story

Spretnjak close up

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. 

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