Joyce Stifel

Joyce Stifel, board treasurer of the Friends of the Snite Museum of Art, has had an affinity for art that goes back to childhood.  Growing up in northeastern Ohio, she was introduced to art which was part of her elementary school curriculum.

"It made a life-long impression on me," she says of her original art background. Talking about growing up in the 1950s in a region established by Connecticut settlers, she said the area had a very New England feel to it. And, in what sounds like a Norman Rockwell painting, there was a focus on art. As a student at Lake Erie College, she followed up on that interest by joining an arts guild.

Years later, in 1978, Joyce and her husband, Dick, moved to South Bend when he joined 1st Source Bank.  She laughs when she talks about moving during the winter, though they were not fazed by South Bend's winter coming from a similar climate. Once in South Bend, Joyce finished her master's degree at the University of Notre Dame and worked for non-profits in the arts. For 12 years, she was development director for the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, serving one year as the interim director. She has also served on numerous other boards, most recently The Stanley Clark School, the Indiana University Arts Foundation and the WNIT Board.

Joyce is finishing her sixth year on the Friends' board and will continue for another year. During her tenure on the board, she has served in a number of positions besides being treasurer -- chairman of the Christmas benefit and of the nominating committee.

In addition to golf and sailing, the Stifel’s enjoy travel, especially to see their daughter and her family in Charleston, S.C. On their trips, they usually try to visit art museums. Seeing other museums gives them an even greater appreciation of the Snite Museum, which Joyce feels is an incredible venue for the university and the South Bend community.

"The variety and breadth of the Snite's collection is amazing," she says.  "And I love what the Snite Museum brings to the community at large.  It's a great bridge between town and gown. Notre Dame is more than just sports."

For her and Dick, a former Friends' board member as well as a board member of the South Bend Regional Museum of Art and the Indiana Arts Commission, art continues to be an important part of their lives. A favorite past time is collecting the works of local artists. 


Becky Emmons, Friends Board of Directors

February 2015