Gallery Guides in Obliteration Room

The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian’s modern and contemporary art museum, is seeking knowledgeable and welcoming volunteers to serve as Gallery Guides for spring 2018. Gallery Guides open the worlds of the Hirshhorn’s unparalleled collections and ground breaking exhibitions for diverse audiences. Facilitating close looking, critical thinking and conversation, Gallery Guides promote meaningful and memorable experiences in the Museum.

This program is an excellent opportunity to develop career experience and a deeper connection to art. Gallery Guides learn about art and artists in the collection and special exhibitions through trainings and independent research. This session guides will work closely with the following exhibitions: Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Utopian Projects, What Absence is Made Of, Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge, Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s, and more.

Gallery Guides build skills in museum education, visitor service, and public speaking by leading tours and discussing work informally in the galleries. Other benefits include behind-the-scenes access, continuing learning opportunities, access to Smithsonian Libraries, participation in public programs and openings, and a network of art professionals and enthusiasts.

Gallery Guides commit to 2-3 shifts per week (8-12 hours per week). The program is open to all people over the age of 18 and available for course credit. Please submit a resume and cover letter to to apply.

Important Dates:

  • November 20: Application deadline
  • November 28 – December 7: Interviews (in-person or phone)
  • December 11: Notification of acceptance
  • January 10, 11, 12: Training
  • January 13: Spring session shifts and tours begin
  • May 25: Spring session ends