Who among us hasn’t wondered, “what if?” For me, it’s “What if I had majored in Art History instead of minored it in? Would I be a curator or museum professional now?” No one knows but being a docent has given me the same level of satisfaction. I was among the fortunate ones chosen back in 2012 when the Getty Center decided to bring in docents for the galleries. Before that, educational staff led all student and adult tours.
I graduated with a dual major (English and History) and an Art History minor. Later, I attended graduate school and received an MBA. I had a career in finance and non-profit before starting my own graphic design business.
The opportunity to be a docent has been an enlightening one for me. The research is a joy and I love talking to students and adults about art. I may not have been able to make a living from art education, but I’ve certainly made a life of it.
My connection with the NDSC:
A chance internet search brought me to the NDSC web page. I was immediately intrigued and began checking out the Forum. When the pandemic changed how we do things, I started the Curator’s Club, a group of us who meet regularly and have challenged ourselves to curate exhibits and present them to the group. I also was able to share my virtual tours with many docents around the country and even the world (Australia, New Zealand, England, Canada and Israel).
I am honored and delighted to serve as a Director-at-large for Development and I look forward to reaching out to docents at many more museums, gardens and historic sites.