Welcome

Charles R. Loving, Director and Curator, George Rickey Sculpture ArchiveCharles R. Loving, Director, Snite Museum of Art Curator, Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park Curator, George Rickey Sculpture Archive

The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, is founded on the principle that art is essential to understanding individual, shared, and diverse human experiences and beliefs. The Museum encourages close looking and critical thinking to stimulate inquiry, dialogue, and wonder for audiences on campus and beyond. Fundamental activities include developing and stewarding an art collection, creating and sharing knowledge, serving our communities, and exploring the spiritual dimensions of art—all in support of the University of Notre Dame’s Catholic mission.

Admission is free.

Raclin Murphy Museum of Art at Notre Dame

Longtime philanthropists in the greater South Bend community – Ernestine Raclin and her daughter and son-in-law Carmen and Christopher Murphy – made a lead gift for the construction of the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art at Notre Dame to be located within the University’s new arts district on the south end of the campus.  At 70,000 square feet, the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art will be the first phase of what will ultimately become a 132,000-square-foot museum.  Construction will begin by late 2019 with an anticipated completion in late 2021 or early 2022. It will join the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park, Matthew and Joyce Walsh Family Hall of Architecture, and O’Neill Hall of Music in Notre Dame’s new arts district.

 

The Snite Museum of Art will continue to operate until the entire new museum is one day constructed.

 

I am deeply moved by this transformative gift that fulfills the museum’s primary vision –to place art at the heart of Notre Dame.  This new museum will make the arts central to a Notre Dame education, enhance collaboration between Notre Dame’s arts units, and better share campus resources with the local community.  It will also resolve serious space shortages we are experiencing within the current building and it will address the absence of visitor parking.


The permanent collection features over 29,000 artworks and continues to grow through endowment income, gifts of art, and gifts of funds to purchase artworks.  Major collection strengths include Mesoamerican art, old master paintings and drawings, nineteenth-century French art, nineteenth-century photography, and the art of Ivan Mestrovic.  While our old master collections feature numerous subjects relating to Christianity and Catholicism, our holdings also include Native American, Latino, African, African-American, and contemporary art—as represented within the collection section of this website.

The Museum presents eight to ten special exhibitions each year, many of which are augmented by scholarly publications.  Current exhibitions are described in that section of this website.

Two curators of education design programs for the academic community and an additional two are responsible for outreach to the local community, primarily to schoolchildren.

I invite you to learn more about the Museum at this website, and I especially encourage you to visit the Museum. There is no equivalent to the unique experience gained by standing in the presence of original artworks, which assists us in better understanding who we are as individuals and as members of specific communities.

I look forward to seeing you in the Museum,

Charles R. Loving

Director, Snite Museum of Art

Curator, Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park

Curator, George Rickey Sculpture Archive