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Gallery Guide Program

The Hirshhorn is seeking independent, enthusiastic, and personable individuals to serve as Gallery Guides for Fall 2017. Gallery Guides are knowledgeable and welcoming volunteers who 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 deepen understanding and connection to art. Gallery Guides can expect to learn about art and artists in the collection and upcoming special exhibitions. This fall guides will work closely with the exhibitions Ai Weiwei: Trace at the Hirshhorn, Nicolas Party: sunrise, sunset, and several exhibitions to open including Ilya and Emilia Kobakov: The Utopian Projects and Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge.

Gallery Guides build skills in museum education, visitor service, public speaking, and art history. Benefits also include behind-the-scenes access, continuing learning opportunities, participation in public programs and openings, and a network of art professionals and enthusiasts.

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

Important Dates:

  • August 3: Application deadline
  • August 7 – 10: Interviews (in-person or phone)
  • August 11: Notification of acceptance to program
  • August 24, 25, 26: Training
  • August 27: Fall session shifts and tours begin
  • December 16: Fall session ends
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