Docent program

Teaching in the Galleries student docent program

Due to the transformation of the east end of the Danforth Campus, this program is not accepting new docents at this time.

Teaching in the Galleries at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is a student docent program that enables Washington University students to learn about the Museum's collection and 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.

During the one-credit semester-long training course, 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. 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, and the National Museum of American History.

Questions? Contact Amy Miller at