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Director begins new term at Snite Museum of Art

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame has appointed a new director, Joseph Antenucci Becherer, who was the founding curator and director of Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park’s sculpture program.

Becherer was appointed by the Office of the President in October of 2018 and began his term on Jan. 2, 2019.

A staff of 16 will be led by Becherer, who will execute educational programs and exhibition development serving visitors of the Snite Museum of Art as well as Notre Dame faculty and students.

Vice President and Associate Provost for faculty affairs Maura Ryan said, “We are thrilled to have someone of Joseph’s artistic vision, talents and operational experience joining our team at Notre Dame.” She adds, “We are confident he will continue and enhance the museum’s role in the University’s vibrant arts district that is taking shape on the southern edge of our campus and includes the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculptural Park which opened in 2017.”

“This directorship is a great honor and opportunity beyond measure as the museum and entire academic community fully embrace the essential role of the arts at the heart of Notre Dame.” said Becherer. He adds, “Following in the great tradition that is the Snite Museum of Art, I look forward to working with donors, staff, faculty, students and artists to create in the new Raclin Murphy Museum of Art one of the nation’s pre-eminent and most innovative university art museums.”

A free public reception for Becherer will be held Thursday, Jan. 17 from 5-7 p.m. at Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame, Indiana located at 100 Moose Krause Circle.

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