Raclin, Murphys Make Gift for Art Museum


Dennis Brown | December 8, 2017

Longtime philanthropists in the greater South Bend community – Ernestine Raclin and her daughter and son-in-law Carmen and Chris Murphy – have made a lead gift to the University of Notre Dame for the construction of a new community asset, the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art at Notre Dame.

To be located in Notre Dame’s new arts district on the south end of the campus facing Angela Boulevard, the museum will be easily accessible for both on- and off-campus patrons.

“Notre Dame, as a Catholic university, has always been guided by a sacramental vision, one that finds in the arts an expression of the divine and of the human spirit,” said the University’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “We are blessed by this extraordinary gift from Ernie, Carmi and Chris, who have yet again made a pivotal contribution to our campus and our region.”

At 70,000 square feet, the $66 million Raclin Murphy Museum of Art will be the first phase of what is ultimately to become a 132,000-square-foot museum complex. Construction will begin in 2020 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 an assemblage of new facilities dedicated to the arts. The strategic location of the Raclin Murphy Museum will make it a welcoming entrance to the campus at Eddy Street, bringing the community and University together.

“I am deeply moved by this transformative gift that will fulfill the museum’s primary vision – creating an arts district to not only serve Notre Dame faculty and students, but to also form a bridge to community audiences,” said Charles Loving, director of the Snite Museum of Art. “Our current museum is presently turning down some requests for tours and programs because the building is at capacity. We cannot display certain temporary exhibitions offered to us because of limited gallery space, and as the collection has grown we have had to convert some galleries to art storage vaults. In short, the new building will allow us to better fulfill the University’s mission as it relates to the arts.”

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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