Construction is now underway on a $66 million art museum at the University of Notre Dame made possible by noted South Bend philanthropists Ernestine Raclin and her daughter and son-in-law, Carmen and Chris Murphy. The Raclin Murphy Museum of Art will stand on the south side of the campus, serving “as a gateway to the university.”
That part of campus has undergone significant development in recent years, including the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Walsh Family Hall of Architecture and O’Neill Hall of Music.
Notre Dame says the collections at the Snite Museum of Art, which is in the middle of campus, will be relocated to the new site.
“This new museum building and its collection will bring together the healing power of the arts, of creativity and our strengthened humanity and solidarity — so needed as we move beyond the pandemic,” said University Provost Marie Lynn Miranda.
Raclin is a Trustee Emerita of Notre Dame. The family name is seen on multiple buildings throughout Notre Dame and South bend.
Chris Murphy is chair, president and chief executive officer of South Bend-based 1st Source Corp. (Nasdaq: SRCE) He is a 1968 graduate of Notre Dame.
Carmi Murphy has served on the Snite Museum Advisory Council since 2007 and has served for 15 years on the Saint Mary’s College board of trustees.
Notre Dame says the 132,000-square-foot complex will be constructed in two phases with the first to be completed in the fall of 2023.