Gallery Guide Program

The student Gallery Guide program is an opportunity for Yale undergraduates to learn about the museum’s collection and train to lead interactive, thematic tours of the museum for the Yale community and the New Haven public.

About the Program

Admitted students meet with museum educators and curators twice each week in the fall and once each week in the spring, participating in curatorial talks and discussion sections, performing research, and giving presentations in the galleries; these activities continue through the spring semester as students research, write, and rehearse gallery tours of their creation, which they debut in April. Throughout the year, trainees also attend field trips to other museums such as DIA Beacon, MASS MoCA, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The in-depth training requires a time commitment similar to that of an academic course. Following the completion of the training program, students remain involved with the Gallery Guide program by giving museum tours and participating in sessions throughout the semester.

This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to integrate art into their experience at Yale and to become part of the Yale University Art Gallery community. The program is open to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in Yale College. Students in all majors are encouraged to apply.

The application for the 2015–16 academic year will be posted in summer 2015.

Program Requirements

Applicants must have a strong interest in art, museums, and education. Attendance is mandatory and essential to the success of the program. Fall semester hours are Thursdays, 4:00–5:30 pm, and Fridays, 3:30–5:00 pm, with several Saturday excursions; spring semester hours are Thursdays, 4:00–5:30 pm, with several Saturday excursions. Applicants must commit to leading thematic tours of the Gallery during the spring semester and throughout their time at Yale, as well as to participating in special Gallery events and programs.

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Modern and Contemporary Art, Paintings
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Asian Art, Containers, Metal
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American Paintings and Sculpture, Paintings
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Indo-Pacific Art, Jewelry
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Asian Art, Sculpture
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Drawings and watercolors, Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Works on Paper