Hallie Ford Museum of Art Seeks Volunteer Docents

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University is currently recruiting volunteers for its fall docent class. Docents help the public understand works of art from a variety of time periods and cultures.

"We are looking for people who are able to speak in public, are flexible and dependable, have a strong desire to learn and can be accurate yet creative in the presentation of information," said Elizabeth Garrison, the Cameron Paulin Curator of Education at the museum.

Training for new and active docents is Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., September through the middle of May. Docents are required to attend weekly classes, complete occasional homework and reading assignments, prepare written reports, and develop and present tours.

Training includes lectures and gallery sessions on art and art history, the museum's collections and special exhibitions, and touring techniques. In addition to becoming a member of the museum, docents are asked to contribute annual dues of $15. Docents are expected to lead a certain number of tours each year for at least two years beyond their training.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art was founded in 1998 to serve as an artistic, cultural and intellectual resource for Willamette University and the region. Permanent galleries focus on European, Asian and American art; Native American baskets; historic and contemporary regional art; and European and American works on paper. Temporary exhibitions feature historic and contemporary art. The docent program, under the supervision of Garrison, started in 2005 with nine volunteer docents.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State Street (corner of State and Cottage Streets) in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free, and Tuesday is an admission-free day. Call 503-370-6855 for an information/application packet.