Volunteer as a Docent



Brenau Galleries docents serve as interpreters of the gallery’s exhibitions, helping to give the visitor a deeper understanding and appreciation of the artwork. Through guided tours, docents provide gallery visitors with a unique and engaging educational experience.

Brenau Galleries docents are ordinary people with a passion for learning and engaging with a wide variety of audiences.  The program is open to everyone– from art history experts to beginners.

Mission Statement

The Brenau University Docent Program is composed of community members who work with University staff in learning about, promoting, and sharing Brenau’s extensive art collection, exhibitions, and galleries with the wider community.


All seasoned and experienced Docents who have conducted tours in the past at Brenau are not required to complete the New Docent Training.
Docent Training

Our Docent Training is offered once a year in the summer and once a year in the winter.

Training consists of two, two-hour sessions. Docent candidates will receive a Docent packet complete with an art history overview, two hours on how to conduct a tour, and two hours on current exhibitions.

Summer New Docent Training Postponed until Further Notice. Please check back Sept, 1st, for New Dates:

August 8th from 1:30 – 3:00 PM, Sellars Gallery

  • Beginner Training 

 This session focuses on general training on Art History highlights.

Dates TBD, Sellars Gallery 

  • How to Conduct a Tour and Exhibition-Specific Training

This session focuses on the basics of creating a tour script and exhibition-specific training for “The Leggett Collection and other Highlights from the Permanent Collection”.

Dates TBD, Sellars Gallery

  • Practice Tour Session

This session will give each docent the opportunity to put the information learned in previous sessions into practice. Each docent will conduct a practice tour in Sellars Gallery at this time.

Docent Training Materials:

A Brief History of Art Movements: Take a look at the video below that gives an overview of some of the main Art History Movements.

Other Training Requirements:

Conducting Gallery Tours: In addition to four hours of training, qualifying as a docent requires conducting one actual exhibition tour.

Docent candidates who have completed the training and have conducted their first tour will be recognized with a certificate and awarded an official Brenau Galleries name tag.

Annual Service Hours: Each qualified Docent should spend a minimum of nine total hours annually on docent related activities that may include:

  • Conducting tours; three hours must be tour hours
  • Exhibition specific training hours, tour preparation
  • Sitting with exhibitions
  • Organizing tours or docent events
  • Mentoring new docents
  • Serving on other committees throughout the community.
  • PLEASE sign up for the Docent Trainings Below: