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Docent Sybil Williamson leads a tour for students from Mascoma Valley High School the exhibition Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties.

Docent Sybil Williamson leads a tour of the exhibition Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties for students from Mascoma Valley High School.

Docent Linda Oidtmann leads a tour of the exhibition Auto-Graphics: Works by Victor Ekpuk for students from the Marion Cross Elementary School.

Docent Linda Oidtmann leads a tour of the exhibition Auto-Graphics: Works by Victor Ekpuk for students from the Marion Cross Elementary School.


Hood Museum of Art docents and education staff participate in a typesetting workshop on Dartmouth's campus.

Docent Judy Oxman leads a tour of the exhibition Ingo Gunther: World Processor at Hood Downtown for local high school students.

Docent Judy Oxman leads a tour of the Hood Downtown exhibition Ingo Gunther: World Processor for local high school students.

Hood Museum of Art Docent Program

Museum docents are community members who serve on a volunteer basis and provide tours of the museum’s collections and special exhibitions to visiting groups of all ages, ranging from first graders to adults. They also help staff programs such as Family Days and museum-wide events. Our docents are a diverse, talented group of enthusiastic supporters of the arts.

All docents are trained to work with the permanent collection, the Orozco fresco, and special exhibitions. Participation in the Docent Program requires a substantial commitment of time and energy on the part of volunteers, but it is tremendously rewarding. Training sessions provide an opportunity for docents to meet curators and other museum staff, to learn a great deal about art and teaching techniques, and to become familiar with the full workings of the museum.

New Docent Training at the Hood

Do you enjoy learning about art? Are you interested in helping others learn about art in a museum setting? If so, then consider applying to the museum’s volunteer docent program!

There are no fixed qualifications for becoming a docent. Previous knowledge of and experience with art history, studio art, teaching, or public speaking are desirable, but not mandatory. Most important are a love and enthusiasm for art, excellent listening and people skills, flexibility, openness and willingness to learn and try new things, the ability to meet the significant time commitment, and an ability to communicate and work well with a diverse range of people in a team environment.

What does being a docent entail?

Asked what they value most about being a docent, current docents shared that they love to learn and love art, as well as that they value the camaraderie and friendship of spending time with others who share their interests.

The following materials are designed to provide potential applicants with a comprehensive picture of what participation in the docent program entails, both during the initial training period and, after successfully completing the initial training, when volunteering as an active docent at the Hood. Being a docent involves a significant investment of time and energy, and is not for everyone. However, for those for whom it is a good fit, it is a deeply rewarding experience.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Docent Program

Overview of the Docent Program

Description of Initial Training

Sample Training for September–December 2015 to provide a sense of the topics that active docents who have gone through training, would cover in a given term.

Application Process and Timeline

The Hood Museum of Art will begin training a new group of volunteer docents on March 28, 2018, and is currently inviting anyone who is interested to review the information provided here and consider applying. The application deadline is February 16, 2018.

Projected timeline for the application review and selection process:

February 16: Applications due.

February 19—22: Applications reviewed and a short list of candidates will be contacted for interviews.

February 26 —March 9: Interviews will be conducted, references will be contacted, and a portion of those who have been interviewed may be asked back for a second conversation.

March 12: All applicants will be notified as to whether or not they have been accepted into the program.

March 28: New docent training will begin.

How to Apply to the Hood’s Docent Program

Click here to download an application form.

If you have questions regarding the Docent Program or the application process, please feel free to contact Neely McNulty, Hood Foundation Associate Curator of Education at Neely.H.McNulty@Dartmouth.edu

Current Docents

  • Margie Carpenter
  • Mary Clare Cooper
  • Julie Goodrich
  • Calli Guion
  • Kate Hewitt
  • Claire Lyon
  • Linda Oidtmann
  • Judy Oxman
  • Noelle Vitt
  • Sybil Williamson
  • Susan Wright

Docents Emeriti

  • Charlotte Bimba
  • Mary Ann Cadwallader
  • Margie Cook
  • Carol DuBois
  • Nan Green
  • Ellen James
  • Roland Kuchel
  • Drewry Logan
  • Barbara Newton
  • Allen Newton
  • Donna Reilly
  • Jan Sayles
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