Brenau Galleries Docent Program

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. To learn more about becoming a docent at Brenau University Galleries, please contact Nichole Ferguson at (770)534-6263 or nrawlings@brenau.edu.

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.

Docent Requirements

Docent training is offered twice annually; each training cycle has three two-hour sessions. Docent candidates must complete all six hours of training; a two hour art history overview, two hours on how to conduct a tour, and two hours on current exhibitions.

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

Docent candidates who have completed the requirements will be recognized with a certificate and awarded an official Brenau Galleries name tag.

Annual Service Hours: Each qualified Docent is required to spend a minimum of twelve total hours annually on docent related activities that may include:

  • Conducting tours; three of required 12 must be tour hours
  • Exhibition specific training hours, tour preparation
  • Sitting with exhibitions
  • Organizing tours or docent events
  • Mentoring new docents
  • Serving on the steering or other committees

    Docents view artwork during Docent Training