Museum Seeks Docents

The deadline for signing up for the Willamette University Hallie Ford Museum of Art volunteer docent program is Monday, Aug.15, at 5 p.m.

Docents guide visitors of all ages and backgrounds in an active exploration of works of art from a variety of time periods and cultures. Training for new and active docents is on-going throughout the year. Classes run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays from September through the middle of June. Docents will be required to attend weekly classes, complete occasional homework and reading assignments, prepare written reports, and develop and present tours.

Once docents successfully complete their first year of training, they will be expected to give a certain number of tours per year for at least two years beyond their training. In addition to becoming a member of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, docents will be required to pay yearly dues of $15.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art includes four permanent galleries and two temporary exhibition spaces. 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 Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State Street (corner of State and Cottage Streets) in downtown Salem near the Willamette campus. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on 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.

For further information, please call 503-370-6855.