Community Docent Program

Really love contemporary art? Immerse yourself in the Wex and learn to give tours of our exhibitions to all kinds of visitors. No special training or background in art is required and applicants from all kinds of diverse backgrounds are encouraged. You will be rewarded with opportunities to participate in Wexner Center and university programming in unique and rewarding ways.

The docent training program follows the Ohio State fall semester calendar and meets Fridays, 9:35-10:55 AM.  Click here to view an example syllabus. Additional training and mentoring with experienced docents and staff continue throughout the year.

Are you a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student at any area college or university? Click here for information on our paid student docent program.


We are now taking applications for our 2018 class of docents. Contemporary art challenges viewers to face and explore potentially provocative topics. Docents lead meaningful gallery discussions and push visitors to experience art from a range of perspectives. They guide the public in exploring issues of identity, race, sexuality, politics, and more. An academic background in the arts isn’t necessary—but a love for the arts and people is. To apply, send a letter of intent along with your resume to or send by post to the Wexner Center (1871 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43210) c/o Docent Program.

Applications must be in our hands by Monday, July 24.


Wexner Center Engagement

  • Complimentary and reduced price Wexner Center performing arts tickets
  • Access to complimentary film tickets
  • Discount in Wexner Center Bookshop and Cafe
  • Access to education department library
  • Meet artists and curators from around the world
  • Learn more about how museums work from the inside
  • Support the Wexner Center's mission of active, respectful participation with contemporary art

University and Community Engagement

  • Eligibility for Ohio State library card
  • Opportunity to interact with a diverse university community of students and faculty
  • Connect with others who share your interest in contemporary art
  • Opportunity to practice communication skills
  • Opportunity to actively participate in larger Columbus community by working with diverse groups interested in exploring contemporary art

Bonus Benefits

  • Complimentary drink ticket following a scheduled tour
  • Parking passes