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

Visit, it's Free!

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.

Learn about the Collection

The Snite Museum of Art is comprised of over 25,000 objects representing thousands of years of human expression from around the globe.

Explore Museum publications or Listen to a SniteCast to explore works of art in the collection.  

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 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 23. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 31, 2023. Read the essay guidelines or read the 2021-2022 winning essays

Student Opportunities 

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.

Please check the Notre Dame student job board for open positions.

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.

We annually seeking students to teach Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Italian language classes (fluency or near-fluency required), and Writing and Rhetoric classes. All gallery teachers teach Moreau First Year Experience classes. Learn more about the position and apply by March 30th for the 2023–2024 academic year. Please contact Bridget Hoyt at 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 February 24, 2023. Learn more >

Student Programming Committee

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.

Apply here! The deadline to apply for the 2022–2023 academic year is Friday, September 2nd, 2022.

For more information about this volunteer position, contact Rachel Mills at

PhotoFutures: Collecting Art for Notre Dame

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 challenge of collecting a photograph that addresses incarceration. What photograph will future Notre Dame students study to understand how current students thought about the prison system in America? PhotoFutures participants will decide after considering the work of several photographers taking on the issue. Register for PhotoFutures through Novo. 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 Mills at

Stay Connected

Stay up to date on the Snite listserv to learn more about opportunities and events for students at the Snite Museum of Art.