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Gallery Guide Program

Gallery Guide discussing Lucio Fontana in Le Onde: Waves of Italian Influence (1917 – 1971)

Gallery Guides are public-facing, knowledgeable interns or volunteers who give tours, discuss art informally in the galleries, and research works on view.

This program is an excellent opportunity to develop career goals or art engagement. Participation benefits include professional museum interpretation training, improving public speaking skills, ongoing professional development, behind-the-scenes access, participation in public programs and openings, a Smithsonian badge, a copy of opening exhibition catalogs, and a network of art professionals and enthusiasts.

Gallery Guides commit to 15 hours per week. Guides spend 12 hours in the galleries giving tours and speaking with visitors, complete two hours of research, and attend a one hour meeting each week. After the first session (4-5 months), guides may continue with the program at a lesser weekly commitment. Students may complete the Gallery Guide program for credit.

HOW TO JOIN – Spring 2017
We are currently recruiting for Spring 2017 to work with the exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors. We encourage a diverse pool of applicants with backgrounds in art, history, philosophy, theater, communications, education, museums, and other fields. Guides should be inquisitive, independent, reliable, and enthusiastic.
To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, transcript (official or unofficial), and three references to Ashley Meadows, Gallery Guide Coordinator, at meadowsa@si.edu with subject GG_LastName.

  • Application deadline: December 15, 2016
  • Training: January 17 – 27, 2017
  • Session dates: January 28 – June 2, 2017

If you would like to learn more before applying, please contact Ashley using above email.

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