Docent program

Teaching in the Galleries student docent program

Teaching in the Galleries at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is a student docent program that enables Washington University students, both undergraduate and graduate, to learn about the Museum's collection and to share this knowledge with visitors of all ages. Student docents are the public face of the Museum, facilitating active conversations about artworks on view, inviting visitors to express ideas and questions, and exploring the many lenses through which an artwork can be discovered.

As a part of the Teaching in the Galleries program, students learn about the Kemper Art Museum’s history, special exhibitions, and permanent collection; explore a variety of educational strategies for use in a museum setting; improve their communication and public speaking skills; and gain experience working in a professional museum environment. It is also possible for participants to earn one academic credit.

Many participants in the program have moved on to internships and full-time positions at museums and arts organizations across the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Blanton Museum of Art, and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Questions? Contact Amy Miller at