If you are a University of Illinois student who is interested in learning more about museums and possibly pursuing a museum career, the following university courses can get you started. These classes provide hands-on learning opportunities and use the museum extensively.
Krannert Art Museum Fall 2015 Docent Training Class
Krannert Art Museum (KAM) volunteer docents lead tours of the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions to pre K-12 student and adult groups. They receive training on art history and teaching techniques.
Candidates must have a strong interest in learning about art and enjoy interacting with groups of all ages. Knowledge of art and teaching experience is helpful, but not required. Fluency in Spanish is a plus. Must have time available during weekdays to give tours.
Training and Time Commitment
Training will begin in Fall 2015. Docents will attend eight training sessions each semester, which are scheduled on Mondays from 9:30–11:00 am. Sessions cover the museum’s collections, art history, and teaching techniques to engage audiences of all ages.
Docents will begin leading tours in January 2016. Docents are expected to make a two-year commitment, give a minimum of five tours per year, and attend all training sessions (and make-up missed sessions).
Admission to the Program
To apply to the Docent Program, please email a one-page letter of interest to Director of Education, Anne Sautman [asautman(at)illinois.edu] or use the "contact" button at the bottom of the page. Your letter of interest should explain why you would like to be a KAM docent as well as your interest in art, experience teaching and public speaking, and other related skills or experience. Applicants will also be interviewed.
Application deadline is June 15, 2015.
ARTE 260 Museums in Action
The purpose of Museums in Action is to provide students with opportunities to engage in a scholarly examination of research and practices associated with museum interpretation to diverse audiences; and to lead in the development and implementation of Krannert Art Museum educational programs and outreach activities with selected local audiences.
ARTE 475 Art Museum Exhibition Practice
Art Museum Exhibition Practice explores issues pertaining to the preparation, installation and conservation of visual art. Students will learn how to organize, design, spot and install an exhibition; develop exhibition graphics; address conservation issues; handle works of art; and learn the business of art. Field trips and guest lectures by conservators, preparators, curators and exhibition designers will add further depth to the class.
Other Campus Resources
CHAMP: Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy at the University of Illinois
CHAMP is a strategic research center dedicated to the critical study of cultural heritage and museum practices on a worldwide scale in the context of globalization. CHAMP has extraordinary faculty strength with almost thirty faculty members teaching courses in our area of expertise. More than a dozen graduate students work with CHAMP, including by pursuing our Heritage Studies minor and Museum Studies minor. CHAMP sponsors lectures, conferences, film series and other events on campus. CHAMP faculty conduct projects around the world, the results of which are steadily published in fascinating books, articles, and technical reports.
Unit One/Allen Hall
Unit One is a creative and engaging community in a small college environment, featuring about 80 credit-granting courses, art facilities, private music lessons, performance, educational events, volunteer activities, and a renowned Guest-in-Residence program.
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH)
IPRH coordinates and hosts numerous lectures, symposia, and panel discussions on a wide variety of topics, and provides awards that recognize excellence in humanities research to faculty and students. IPRH supports faculty-driven initiatives through its Research Clusters initiative, and provides support to faculty and graduate student reading groups.
Request a Tour
If you are a member of the University of Illinois faculty who would like to request a guest lecture or presentation by Krannert Art Museum staff, please visit the Tours & Class Visits page to submit your request.
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