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Student Docent Program

The Fralin's volunteer docents lead engaging and interactive tours to a variety of school groups and community organizations from across the central Virginia region. They also assist with the Museum's special programs, including the annual Writer's Eye competition, and contribute to the Museum’s mission by fostering an appreciation for art in visitors of all ages.

University students who are accepted into the program are required to complete the Museum’s 11-week Docent Training Course. Participants in the course develop observational skills and knowledge of the elements of art through investigation of the Museum's collections and current exhibitions; learn public speaking skills and techniques for facilitating tours; and complete a qualifying tour at the end of the course.

The Student Docents are an official UVA student organization operating under the supervision of The Fralin’s education department. Interested students are encouraged to apply by the spring of their second year in order to have at least one full year as an active docent after completing the training course. Rising fourth years will only be accepted to the program if they are planning to stay on for graduate study, or if there are unused spaces in the Docent Training Course. Applications are reviewed by the docent coordinator and a panel of current members.

Docent Training Course


The Fralin is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2018 Docent Training Course. Students who wish to become volunteer docents can find more information about the program and apply online here. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on October 13, 2017. Contact the Docent Coordinator at 434-243-2050 or by email with questions.

Community Docent Program

Volunteer docents at The Fralin Museum of Art lead engaging and interactive tours for school groups and community organizations from across the central Virginia region. They also assist with the Museum's special programs, including the annual Writer's Eye competition, and the Eyes on Art program for individuals with Alzheimer's.

Community members who are accepted into the program are required to complete the Museum's 11-week Docent Training Course. Participants in the course develop observational skills and knowledge of the elements of art through investigation of the Museum's collections and current exhibitions, and learn public speaking skills and techniques for facilitating tours. New docents complete a qualifying tour at the end of the course and commit to leading tours at The Fralin for at least two years following its completion.

The Museum accepts applications on a rolling basis from community members who wish to become docents, and interviews are conducted prior to the beginning of each Docent Training Course. For information about future docent training opportunities, contact the Docent Coordinator at 434-243-2050 or email.

Continuing education for community docents

After their initial training period, docents receive ongoing education from education staff, curators, and guest speakers on special exhibitions and the permanent collection. As a group, docents occasionally take field trips to other museums. Some docents also attend regional and national docent education conferences.

In spring 2017, Community Docent Education meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 am on:

Docent Council meetings

All current docents are invited and encouraged to attend meetings of the Community Docent Council. In spring of 2017, the Council will meet on Wednesdays from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm on: