Each year we celebrate our new docents, who have completed their studies and begun to lead quality learning experiences at the Museum, and honor those who have gone above and beyond in their service to the Museum. Our docent volunteers lead tours for students (including experiences in the galleries, studios, and ArtWorks) and adults, give off-site presentations, perform puppet shows, and help lead public programs. The work we do at the Museum would not be possible without their dedicated support.
This year we welcomed a class of five docents who bring a set of diverse experiences and talents to our distinguished group of docent volunteers.
Paula Hayes, Elizabeth Jean, Bridget Koehler, Susan Lee, and Madeline Williams (not pictured)
100 Hour Club
Awarded to our most dedicated docent volunteers, who have served well beyond the required 40 hours a year.
Gretchen Sippial [125 hours], Mary Lil Owens [100 hours], and Binnie Coats [105 hours]
Outstanding Contribution to Kindergarten Program
Awarded to a docent(s) who helped to deliver on stage magic during the Puppet Show and supported the Cakewalk Tour.
George Jacobsen and Katherine Danley
Outstanding Contribution to Tour Outreach
Awarded to the docent who helped prepare students and schools for their visit to the Museum.
Laura Bocquin, Outreach Coordinator, and Beverly Bennett
Outstanding Contribution to Studio
Awarded to the docent who helped to support and lead programs in the studio including Family Art Affair and Flimp Festival.
Binnie Coats and Kaci Norman, Assistant Curator of Education, Youth, Family, and Studio Programs
Outstanding Contribution to ArtWorks
Awarded to the docent(s) who led interactive tours with enthusiasm and engaged young people on their level.
Kelly Bazan, ArtWorks Educator, Gretchen Sippial, and Paula Smith (not pictured)
Outstanding Contribution to Gallery
Awarded to the docent who goes above the call of duty in the galleries, working to provide quality tours that hold the interest of groups of all ages.
Mary Lil Owens and Kaci Norman, Assistant Curator of Education, Youth, Family, and Studio Programs
Wayne Barto Memorial Award
Awarded to a first-year docent who is an enthusiastic and integral part of our new docent class.
Elisabeth Palmer, Assistant Curator of Education, Docent, and Adult Programs, and Susan Lee
Pat Wanglie Award
Awarded to a docent who creates an enriching experience, and achieves the learning goals of the Museum. This docent is gracious and welcoming of various viewpoints.
Elisabeth Palmer, Assistant Curator of Education, Docent, and Adult Programs, Mary Lil Owens, and Alice Novak, Curator of Education
Guy Davis, Market President for BB&T. The Docent program is made possible by BB&T.
Become a Docent
The Museum is always looking for committed individuals who are interested in art and making connections with people. Teaching credentials or artistic backgrounds are not required. The Museum will supply the necessary training to lead dynamic learning experiences for all ages effectively. Click here to learn more and apply.