Admitted students meet with museum staff twice per week in the fall and spring semesters, learning about the collection from multiple perspectives. Throughout the year, students research, write, and rehearse unique thematic gallery tours, which they debut in April. Trainees collaborate with student groups at other university museums as well as take field trips to other regional 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 first year of training, students remain involved with the Gallery Guide program by giving thematic Highlights Tours (for which they receive payment), developing new approaches to presenting the collection, and participating in continued weekly training sessions.
This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to integrate art into their experience at Yale and to join the Yale University Art Gallery community. In addition to becoming critical and observant museumgoers, Gallery Guides develop transferable skills in public speaking, visual literacy, research, and creative thinking. The program is open to first-year students, sophomores, and juniors in Yale College. Students in all majors are encouraged to apply.