Regional Directors

About Eric

As a 14-year docent at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, I continue to feel great joy when my visitors, whether adults or children, are somehow changed by having joined me for an art tour. Perhaps, through the art, they have perceived something about the world that is a new realization for them. Perhaps they have had an 'aha.' When a visitor says, "You have helped me see something that I have never seen before," that visitor has made my day!

My Connection with the NDSC

The NDSC is an impressive organization that has built and supported a tradition of some 30 years encouraging the continued education of docents. I am delighted to be a part of the Council as a Regional Director for the Mountain-Plains region. I have also enjoyed working with other Council members to bring forth proposals to ensure the Council's continued financial strength.

Additional Info

  • Docent Since 2004
  • Elected 2017
  • Museum Name Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo

About Bryan

What if I told you that being a Docent is something that I've long dreamed of doing, but never really considered myself studied enough to step into such a coveted role. And then The High came into my life and provided a pathway for this incredible docent journey and the opportunity to engage and share everything from our vast permanent collection to special exhibits with all our guests. This role affords me great pride by representing The High and I look forward to the same through my involvement with the NDSC

My Connection with the NDSC

I'm a retired banking human resources professional who's now reveling in "My 2nd Life" as a Docent -- Class of 2014. As I began my adventure, I came across a person that I knew was special, her name is Kristen Keirsey and she was a member of this whole other dimension of docenting that I hadn't even heard of yet; a Regional Director for the NDSC. The more I learned, I knew I was hooked and wanted to be a part of this larger organization and extension of this new world of art + interests + relationships....to be a part of and contributor to this amazingly significant role that provides me with even greater purpose and broader connectedness beyond my role at The High.

My first symposium was Montreal in 2017 and it was electric. The beauty of the opening session, the value of workshops and the camaraderie with fellow docents from across the globe was extraordinary. I loved the experience and embraced it. I was hooked and wanted to be even more involved.

Fast forward, I interviewed for an open slot as a director on the council and was invited to join. I immediately started getting oriented to the magnitude and scope of what it means to be a Regional Director and NDSC Representative. The role is multidimensional and includes everything from reaching out to your region, to writing articles and working on committees. The Regional Director role is challenging, fulfilling and I so appreciate the opportunity to serve.

Additional Info

  • Docent Since 2014
  • Elected 2017
  • Museum Name High Museum of Art
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo

About Shelagh

In the fall of 1996, while working in sales and marketing in the Toronto (Canada) financial community I joined the Weekend/Evening Docent Program at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Upon retirement in 2000, I increased my volunteer commitment and joined the AGO day School Touring group while also taking on a leadership role with the Weekend/Evening Docents. Over the years I have taken on and enjoyed increasing responsibilities in the AGO volunteer community, including Communications editor and the organization and chair of the AGO Volunteer Alumni Program, culminating with my election as Volunteer President 2016 - 2019. In the past I have also enjoyed and gained invaluable experience by volunteering at other Toronto organizations including Casey House, ART Toronto and REENA. I enjoy and continue to expand my horizons through regular world travel.

My Connection with the NDSC

As a committee chair in the planning and implementation of the Toronto 2009 National Docent Symposium I gained insights into the NDS symposium challenges. I have enjoyed past NDS events in Boston, Phoenix and Montreal where I was elected to the NDSC as one of the two representatives for Canada East. I currently serve on the Editorial Board of the Council's Communications Committee as well. I believe working with volunteer organizations such as NDS is a means to support all volunteer Docent/Guides in what they do best, "encouraging a love of learning"

 

 

Additional Info

  • Docent Since 1996
  • Elected 2017
  • Museum Name Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo

About David

Being a docent has given me the opportunity to continue to learn about the culture and community where I live as well art from all over the world. This path of volunteer service has afforded me the privilege of sharing this with our visitors and now I have the honor to serve on the National Docent Symposium Council.

My Connection with the NDSC

I attended my first symposium in Montreal in 2017. Thanks to the encouragement I received from my fellow docents at the Palm Springs Museum of Art, I applied for the position of Regional Director. My experience as a Board member has enabled me to share new insights in touring and best practices as established by other museums with my colleagues.

Additional Info

  • Docent Since 2015
  • Elected 2017
  • Museum Name Palm Springs Museum of Art
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo

It is a great privilege to be a docent at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Mia opened wide its massive doors over 100 years ago and our docent core celebrated over 50 years of touring in 2013. The museum is entry free and touring docents encourage connections, critical thinking, exploration and being yourself. It is indeed an honor to be affiliated with Mia, an inclusive museum and to be serving with the talented group on the National Docent Symposium Council.

Additional Info

  • Docent Since 2001
  • Elected 2017
  • Museum Name Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo

About Ellen

Becoming a docent gave me the chance to be part of a friendly, curious, enthusiastic group who wanted to learn all they could about art and to engage a wide variety of audiences. I look forward to meeting docents from all over the US and Canada with the NDSC.

My Connection with the NDSC

The first symposium I attend was in San Francisco 2013, I was amazed at the variety of people and the richness of the workshops offered. Next I attended the symposium in 2017 in Montreal and felt the thrill of being with over 400 volunteers from all over the US and Canada. Everyone was so friendly and had something unique and helpful to say about being a docent. At that symposium, I was able to join the Board as a Regional Director and begin telling nearby museums about these remarkable meetings!

Additional Info

  • Docent Since 2010
  • Elected 2017
  • Museum Name Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo

About Bill

I have been a docent at the Saint Louis Art Museum since 2014, and I am a past chair of its docent board. I have an enthusiastic love of art and learning, and it is a great joy for me to share these passions with and learn from our Museum visitors, my docent community, Museum staff and community partners

Connection to the NDSC

I am grateful to my fellow docents and Museum staff at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and to Gin Wachter, past president and current advisor to the NDSC, for encouraging me to attend and present a workshop at the 2019 Symposium in Washington, D.C. I am proud to represent the Midwest Region of the National Docent Symposium Council in promoting the continuous improvement and enrichment of docent practices and communication.

Additional Info

  • Docent Since 2014
  • Elected 2019
  • Museum Name St. Louis Art Museum
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo

About Deborah

Having been a teacher, staff developer, administrator and New York State program director over my 41 year career, it was only natural that I sought volunteer work that involved learning and teaching. As a docent at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY I work with a wonderful group of inspiring adults. It has been everything I was looking for. Our group has a close relationship with the education department and the museum staff. Curators meet with us often to share information about the collection and exhibits which change regularly, keeping us on our toes. I get to learn about art and share my knowledge and the joys of the Everson with children as well as adults.


My Connection to the NDSC

The 2019 Symposium in Washington, DC was the first I attended. I was a new docent the last time the Symposium took place in 2017 and must have thought it wasn’t for me. I’m glad I didn’t let this one pass me by. I have always enjoyed quality conferences, both attending and helping to organize. This was no exception. I loved the opportunities to visit exemplary museums, attend informative breakout sessions, and meet docents from all over the United States and Canada. I’m thrilled to be a regional director and am already encouraging my docent group to plan on Kansas City 2021. I’m ready to spread the word in the mid-Atlantic.

Additional Info

  • Docent Since 2015
  • Museum Name Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse NY
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo

About Joanne

Being a docent provides a unique opportunity to share art with the public while learning from visitors on a daily basis. No matter how much time I’ve spent with an object, I seem to always see that work of art a little differently after each tour. I especially love touring with high school students when a certain “spark” is ignited as the student finds a connection between something on the tour and their life experience. And I simply love the high quality of our docent training. It’s like a graduate level course in art history, exhibition planning, trends in museum practice and knowledge of emerging artists.

My Connection with the NDSC

My first National Docent Symposium was 2017 in Montreal. As vice president of our Docent Council I was invited to attend but had no idea what to expect. The range of touring options, new and useful techniques and different ways to engage our audiences were thrilling to learn. And the excitement of being a docent was palpable. I left invigorated and excited to apply my learnings with our entire Docent Corp. This year, as president of our Council I enthusiastically signed up to attend in Washington DC. Inspired by a fellow docent in our program who has served on the board, I look forward to my new role as Regional Director to encourage docents from other museums to join me in Kansas City.

Additional Info

  • Docent Since 2005
  • Elected 2019
  • Museum Name Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo

About Judy

Becoming a docent has opened multiple doors of opportunity and joy for me that cannot be overrated! Not only am I surrounded with interesting docent colleagues from all walks of life, I am continually nourished with rich intellectual challenges that feed my desire to learn and grow. Sharing art with others has given me the opportunity to give back to our community while feeding my soul in ways that I had never previously anticipated. What an honor it is to share stimulating conversations about culture and history with Museum guests of all ages from differing backgrounds and geographic locations. There is a special exchange of inspiration that occurs during audience engagement when discussing all things art, that creates in me a desire to be a better person and encourages me to strive to excel beyond original expectations. I am most appreciative to have the chance to serve the Phoenix Art Museum and its expanding community in this capacity.

My Connection to NDSC

I first learned about the National Docent Symposium in 2006 when Phoenix Art Museum Docents had the honor of hosting NDS 2007. Through the enthusiasm that grew during the coming months, I began to understand the importance of the NDS relishing the idea of sharing and absorbing docent insights with fellow colleagues from around the country. I have currently attended four National Docent Symposia including the 2013 San Francisco NDS serving as a Docent representative, and the 2017 NDS in Montreal while serving as Docent president. Most recently I attended the NDS 2019 in Washington DC becoming one of two Western Regional Directors on the NDS Council. I am elated to be a part of this national team. As I become more acquainted with the breadth and scope of the NDS mission, I will look forward to sharing ideas and information with the NDS community at large.

Additional Info

  • Docent Since 2002
  • Elected 2019
  • Museum Name Phoenix Art Museum
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo
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