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Gallery Guides

The Hirshhorn’s Gallery Guide program is a unique and rewarding experience. Guides get to do exhibition research and spend a significant amount of time working with the art in our Collection and special exhibitions, yet the program offers much more than that. You will spend your days looking at art, discussing art, engaging people with art, and inspiring people to slow down and experience art in new and exciting ways. Additionally, you will meet museum professionals who will help you gain a behind-the-scenes understanding of the exhibition process. Working with aspiring museum professionals, art enthusiasts, visitors, and staff members is an ideal opportunity to meet new friends and professional contacts that can help you develop your career goals. The program is challenging, but it is also an invaluable opportunity that is full of possibilities for the right candidate.

Before you start in the galleries, you will participate in 2-3 weeks of training focused on exhibition content and techniques for fostering dialogue and giving tours. Training is put into practice with gallery shifts that total 12 hours/week. Additionally, each Guide has a research group that meets for 2 hours per week to discuss the artists on view, and weekly team meetings. Scheduling is flexible and designed to fit a range of work and school commitments.  

We encourage a diverse pool of applicants with backgrounds in studio arts, art education, art history, museum studies, philosophy, communications, and other related fields. Guides should be curious, inquisitive, and enthusiastic, with a strong interest in learning about modern and contemporary art. 

Program Dates: February 2–May 29
Application Deadline: January 4

Email the following to marucak@si.edu with subject: LastName_IG (ex. Maruca_IG)

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation (may be sent separately)
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