The RISD Museum of Art welcomes applications to its volunteer Gallery Lecturer Program for local undergraduate and graduate students to give public lectures in the galleries. Participating students are part of a vibrant group of fellow students who will deepen their understanding of art and share it with the public. They will receive training with Museum staff and learn about the collection and special exhibitions, including behind the scenes visits, and developing tour strategies and public speaking skills. In collaboration with Museum staff, each student will devise thematic public tours informed by their personal viewpoint and interest. Following training students will continue to develop and give tours and participate in meetings as well as advise on programs for college students in the Museum.
Matriculated freshman, sophomore or junior at one of the region’s colleges or universities or first year graduate students.
Active interest in art, art history, museums, and community outreach. Participants need not be art or art history majors/concentrators.
Able to commit to required weekly 2-hour training sessions during the fall semester, 2011, and to giving 3 tours per semester the following year(s) as well as attending 2
1-hour meetings of Student Gallery Lecturers per semester. Applicants should consider this a multiyear commitment.
This program offers college students from a range of disciplines an opportunity to expand their interest in art, to get to know the Museum and its collections intimately, to work closely with professional Museum staff, and to reach out to the public.
Applications are available at http://risdmuseum.org/uploadedFiles/Museum_of_Art/Education/Gallery_Lecturer_Application(1).pdf . The deadline for applying is April 29th, 2011.