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Notre Dame students interact with the Museum in a variety of ways from visiting with classes to creating programs inspired by the exhibitions on view.
Explore and Learn
Bring a friend or come solo to explore the galleries. Drop your backpack in the coat room, grab a meditation cushion or stool, and head in to the galleries.
Check out our Event Calendar for upcoming programs and events.
The Snite Museum of Art is comprised of over 25,000 objects representing thousands of years of human expression from around the globe.
Use Works of Art to Support Your Studies
Works of art at the Snite Museum can support your research, be subject matter for class assignments, and provide inspiration. Snite Museum staff members are a resource for your questions about works of art and can arrange for you to see works of art not currently on view.
Contact Bridget Hoyt at (574) 631-4718 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Snite Museum of Art Essay Competition
Each academic year, the Snite Museum of Art, in conjunction with the University Writing Program, celebrates the best essay by a first-year student on a topic related to a work of art in the museum’s collection. First, second, and third place winners will receive $150, $125, and $100 cash awards, respectively, and have their essays published in Fresh Writing, Volume 21. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 5, 2021. Read the essay guidelines or read the 2019-2020 winning essays.
The average museum visitor spends 15 to 30 seconds in front of work of art; we want you to defy that statistic. The Snite Museum invites you to spend 180 minutes over the semester looking at a single work of art in the Museum. You choose the art and you decide how frequently you visit your work. Come in for ten minutes each week or spend one three hour stretch with your work. Grab a stool or a cushion and settle in to journal, sketch, or simply look. Sign up today.
Student Work Positions
Students play a vital role in the everyday life of the Snite Museum, from helping our registrar in the vaults to designing posters for museum programs. Each student worker is paired with a museum staff member who will support a hands-on professional experience in the museum.
Gallery Teaching Program
Gallery Teachers are undergraduate students who support both the Museum and its partner departments by teaching through art when classes visit the Snite Museum. All gallery teachers participate in a gallery teaching practicum, held on Friday afternoons, that explores teaching and learning through works of art.
The Museum is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. We are seeking students to teach Spanish, French, and Italian language classes (fluency or near-fluency required), and Writing and Rhetoric classes. All gallery teachers teach Moreau First Year Experience classes.
- Language and Moreau First Year Experience Application
- Writing and Rhetoric and Moreau First Year Experience Application
Applications are due by 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 1st. Please contact Bridget Hoyt at email@example.com with any questions.
Object-Based Teaching Graduate Fellowship
The Object-Based Teaching Fellow is a key member of the Snite Museum’s teaching team supporting the Museum’s mission to stimulate inquiry, dialogue and wonder for audiences across the academy through experiences with original works of art. The Teaching Fellow plans and teaches lessons rooted in works of art in the Museum for visiting University classes from every discipline. The position is open to Notre Dame graduate students from the Departments of English and History, and it will fulfill departmental service requirements for the academic year.
Applications are due on March 1, 2021. Learn more >
The Student Programming Committee works together to connect the Snite Museum's collection to the Notre Dame student body through thoughtful and engaging programming. Members of the committee meet weekly as a group to brainstorm, create, and execute a diverse lineup of programs.
PhotoFutures is a collaborative collecting group at the Snite Museum of Art that acquires contemporary photography for the University of Notre Dame. Designed for students of any major, this six-session co-curricular program combines issues related to museum collecting, contemporary photography, and socially-engaged artistic practice. Students will critique individual photographs and evaluate artists' portfolios, and also engage in critical discussions with the artists themselves, Snite Museum curators, and select faculty. Ultimately, students will develop their own collecting criteria to recommend a photograph for acquisition that adds value to the permanent collection of the Snite Museum and supports the mission of the University.
This fall, students will have the unique challenge of acquiring a photograph that addresses our current historical moment. What photograph will future Notre Dame students study to understand how current students experienced or felt about the COVID-19 pandemic? Participating students will have the power to decide. The work of leading photojournalists documenting myriad facets of the pandemic will be open to consideration. Register for PhotoFutures through Class Search. This non-credit opportunity is listed under Art History (ARHI30540), but it is open to all students.
Student Advisory Group
Snite Museum student workers, gallery teachers, and Student Programming Committee members are invited to the Student Advisory Group's monthly meeting to discuss and give student voice to museum projects and initiatives. Students will learn about various museum practices and creatively think through opportunities with peers to better connect the museum to the Notre Dame campus community.
For more information about this volunteer group, contact Rachel Heisler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay up to date on the Snite listserv to learn more about opportunities and events for students at the Snite Museum of Art.