Hallie Ford Museum of Art seeks docents

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is recruiting volunteers to lead guided tours.  

Training includes lectures, presentations by guest speakers and gallery sessions on the museum's permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. The next class for docents begins on Jan. 31, and the application deadline is Jan. 19.

For eight months, docent trainees participate in weekly classes, and they give guided tours in the spring. Docents are asked to become or remain members of the museum, contribute $15 per year and make a two-year commitment once they graduate.

"Most docents enjoy it so much that they remain active for many years," said John Olbrantz, director of the museum.

An application packet is available at the museum or by calling (503) 370-6855.

About the museum

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art was founded in 1998 to serve as an artistic, cultural and intellectual resource for Willamette University, the City of Salem, the mid-Willamette Valley and beyond. It 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 historical and contemporary art.

The museum is located at 700 State Street. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The galleries are closed Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are free, and Tuesday is a free day. For more information, please call (503) 370-6855.