UK Art Museum Docent Becky Faulconer assisted with Museum-Go-Round at Woodland Park last year.
“By participating in the docent program, I have learned how to engage others in works of art that I would not normally notice. I have also learned to look at a piece of art in different ways in order to educate others about what the artist may have been feeling at that point in time.”
-- Sonja Brooks,
2001 docent program graduate
June 6, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Want to learn more about art and teach others what you have learned? Then becoming a University of Kentucky Art Museum Docent may be just for you.
“Docents have been a part of the UK Art Museum for 26 years,” said Deborah Borrowdale-Cox, curator of education at the UK Art Museum. “Without the docents, we would not be able to conduct many of our activities.”
Docents act as knowledgeable guides for museum visitors. They present slide shows to senior citizens and school children, promote the museum’s events at the Farmers Market, assist with annual fund-raisers such as “Art in Bloom,” and discuss featured exhibits.
To become a docent, individuals must engage in a program of study for one academic year. The program includes education on the permanent works within the museum and studies outside the classroom, such as participating in research projects, visiting other galleries, and observing art classes. Once they have completed the initial program, docents continue to attend classes regularly, allowing them to research new exhibits and learn about upcoming museum activities.
“By participating in the docent program, I have learned how to engage others in works of art that I would not normally notice,” said Sonja Brooks, a 2001 docent program graduate. “I have also learned to look at a piece of art in different ways in order to educate others about what the artist may have been feeling at that point in time.”
In addition to the benefit of free art history lessons and educating others about art, docents receive additional perks. As a member of the museum, docents receive museum discounts and invitations to special museum activities. Docents also visit a variety of museums. Past excursions have included the Cincinnati Museum of Art and the Louisville Speed Museum. This year, a trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art is being planned.
Throughout the summer, the museum will be accepting new members to the program, which is scheduled to begin in August. Anyone who has an interest in becoming more knowledgeable about art can be a docent, including retirees, students and those who work. For more information about the program, call (859) 257-6199.