Join the Docent Program
Docents at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale are the face of the museum. They engage multigenerational audiences by developing a dialogue with visitors about artworks on exhibition. NSU Art Museum is seeking applicants for its 2021 docent training class that will meet Wednesdays from 2-4:00 p.m. The training class will acquaint you with Socratic touring techniques, aspects of art history, art criticism, and art history research tools.
- An interest in learning about and presenting information on modern and contemporary art to diverse, multigenerational audiences.
- Must be a current museum member.
- Completed application submitted to [email protected]
- $50 yearly docent registration fee. Registration form will be distributed on the last day of training.
- Available to attend a 10-week new docent training on Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00 pm between Wednesday, August 28, 2019 through Wednesday, September 4, 2019. The dates include: September 4, September 11, September 18, September 25, October 2, October 9, October 16, October 23, October 30.
- Available to attend monthly exhibition training, lectures and events.
NSU Art Museum’s dedicated docents are passionate about learning and making art come alive for visitors. Donating their time and considerable talents, these highly trained volunteers come from diverse educational and professional backgrounds and enthusiastically share their knowledge during tours of exhibitions and the Museum’s collection.
Meet Our Docents
Visitors taking Gary Opper’s tours have remarked on his breadth of knowledge, friendly demeanor, and willingness to go beyond the exhibition to share historical facts and information. Growing up, Opper always enjoyed visiting museums, so when it came time to retire, he knew that becoming a museum docent was a great way to stay engaged. Whether touring children, adults or specialized groups such as medical students, he says he learns everything he can to be prepared, attending “Docent Think” classes and reading about exhibitions, artists and how artwork is made.
Opper says people are sometimes shocked when they learn of his 36-year career as a CPA and mortgage lender. “Many art people assume that I taught art history, but the course I actually taught was Principles of Federal Taxation.”
“I enjoy all aspects of being a docent,” he says, “from the walk-through with the curator before an exhibition’s opening, the excitement of the opening itself, studying about a new exhibition, interacting with other docents and staff, and discussing an artwork while on a tour.”
His top tips for museum visitors include timing visits with docent tours, attending different types of events such as lectures, openings, teas or workshops, and revisiting the museum often to enjoy the changing exhibitions.
Review on TripAdvisor
For a museum of its size and location, this museum has a surprisingly impressive set of exhibits, ranging from African artifacts to private collections of sketches by prominent masters and fascinating photography. The visit was made especially worthwhile by our docent, Gary Opper, who was incredibly knowledgeable as well as personable. He answered all of our questions and went beyond the exhibits to share interesting connections to historical facts and outside sources. Gary demonstrated a breadth of information and experience that took the tour to another level. Thank you!
We invite you to become an NSU Art Museum volunteer. Opportunities are available for enthusiastic individuals to share their time and talents. Positions include, but may vary depending upon exhibitions and time of year:
- Gallery Assistants
- Special Events Assistants
To apply to become a volunteer please download and complete the application provided in the link below.
NSU Art Museum offers unpaid internships that provide educational opportunities for college students or recent graduates. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter along with your application provided in the link below.