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:

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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Mary Lou Mullen

Resized Mullen Couple
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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