Latent Emissions, Chakaia Booker
Although her career began in the fields of finance and banking, Cindy Dunn has long loved the art world.
“I think I have always been interested in art,” she says. So much so that she did her undergraduate degree in Interior Design, completing a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts at the University of Memphis. While a busy student at Memphis she also managed her own interior design company, being in the right place at the right time, commercial and residential clients found her.
She also had two booths in an antique mall. “The booths were a perfect way for me to realize my dream of owning a gift and antique shop,” Cindy said. “Plus, it was an ideal way for me to take what I learned in my BFA and put it into action.”
And while her career ultimately landed her a long-term role as a Product Development and Relationship Manager at Fiserv Lending Solutions in South Bend, her passion for art continued. Today, Cindy continues to explore her love of the arts as a student at Indiana University South Bend, where she is currently studying printmaking.
“I am in constant search of opportunities to grow and enhance my printmaking skills. While I know I have a lot to learn, I am excited about continuing to complete this printmaking course so that I can bring my skills and contribute to a printmaking shop or studio,” she said.
Cindy’s relationship with the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame began in 2014, when she was accepted into the Docent Training Program, a partnership between the Snite Museum and the South Bend Museum of Regional Art. This nine-month training program involved learning the collections at these museums, touring strategies, and techniques for sharing information about the collections with all age groups. Cindy’s relationship with the Snite continued in 2015, when she was appointed to the Board of the Friends of the Snite Museum. When talking about the museum, one can tell that this is a true joy in her life.
“While my favorite thing about the Snite is, of course, its world-class collection of artwork, I am a firm believer in its mission to share engage and educate the community,” said Cindy. “Working to share the Museum’s bounty with City of South Bend and the wider community is a highlight for me. Feeling like I am making a contribution makes me so happy.” Cindy contributes currently by serving on the Executive Committee, was past High School Art Day Chair, and most recently chaired the 2017 Christmas Benefit Committee which netted the largest fundraising effort in its 36 year history!
Joanne Fahey, Friends Board of Directors