Jill Russell, Mid-Atlantic

About Jill

Being a docent is a perfect fit for me because I love continually learning and I adore having conversations about art. I think art is a great equalizer, because no matter what we see, we are always right. And through sharing art experiences, people can connect with one another and learn about cultures, identities and other points of view.

Art museums have always been my happy place and I enjoy sharing the enrichment art can bring to our lives. My favorite moments are when I see visitors connecting with art, relating it to their life experiences, and perhaps having an “aha” moment. I have met many wonderful docents, art educators, and employees at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh and love the way we learn better techniques from each other. I imitate other docents and steal their best ideas shamelessly. I also love the camaraderie of our docent corps, and I am fulfilled by the connections we make with other institutions, like schools, museums, nursing homes and community groups.

In addition to art, my other interests are my family, friends, dogs, cooking, eating and travel.

My connection to the NDSC

I attended my first docent symposium in 2019 in Washington DC and I was “hooked”. I loved meeting docents from all over and sharing ideas, practices and experiences with them. The workshops were eye-opening, the speakers and tours were great, and I returned to my own museum with new ideas and a renewed excitement. I have just returned from my second symposium in Kansas City in 2022. Again, I was wowed and invigorated.

I am very excited to serve as a Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region along with Sheila Vidmar, and I can’t wait to work with the esteemed members of the Council as we develop educational and enrichment activities for docents across North America. I look forward to spreading the word about the amazing docent opportunity of attending a symposium. The networking alone is worth the price of admission, but when you throw in the education from the workshops and speakers, and the museum tours, attendance becomes impossible to resist!


Additional Info

  • Elected: 2022
  • Museum Name: Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh
  • Museum Photo: Museum Photo

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