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People scrubbing underneath a public art sculpture
photo by Jamie Levine

Conservation of Anthony Caro, Veduggio Glimpse, 1972-1973

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Landmarks Docents

Landmarks Docents are a group of dedicated students and volunteers who lead tours of Landmarks public art. They contribute time, energy, and ideas to make the Landmarks collection accessible to the university community and to campus visitors.

Tours led by docents offer insight into Landmarks projects and build awareness about modern and contemporary art. While leading tours, docents provide a brief orientation to artists and works in the collection. Docents also answer questions that visitors may have.

Volunteer docents develop reading, research, and critical skills through a series of training sessions that are conducted periodically. These sessions enable docents to become effective communicators and successful educators.

Join the Landmarks Docents to learn about some of the most important artistic trends of our time and to meet people who share a passion for art. By introducing the general public and student groups to Landmarks projects located throughout the main campus, docents enhance their engagement with great works of art and refine their analytic and public speaking skills. Ensuring all visitors have an enjoyable and enriching experience is the docents’ primary goal.

Rewards

  • Specialized training about Landmarks projects.
  • A continuing education in modern and contemporary art.
  • A docent course of study that develops reading, research, and analytic skills.
  • The opportunity to become a more effective communicator and successful educator.
  • Connections with others who share an interest in art.
  • Access to Landmarks lectures and special events.

Commitment

Docents contribute an average of 1-2 hours of service per week. This time includes training, preparation, meetings and tours. Successful docents develop the ability to speak eloquently about works of art and must be willing to spend time learning about the Landmarks collection. In addition, docents must also make a commitment to attend monthly docent meetings and present assigned research for discussion with the group.

Responsibilities

  • Plan, practice and implement guided tours of Landmarks projects.
  • Creatively prepare for each tour by using the docent website and reading complementary educational materials.
  • Learn the Landmarks tour routes.
  • Actively engage groups of 5-20 visitors.
  • Continually evaluate and refine touring techniques.
  • Attend and keep informed about docent meetings, tours and training sessions.
  • Keep informed of upcoming projects and special events.
  • Become familiar with policies and procedures.

Qualifications

  • Strong communication skills, friendly, resourceful, flexible, reliable, and comfort interacting with visitors of all ages.
  • An interest in learning about modern and contemporary art.
  • Students with a background in art and art history are encouraged to apply.

Apply

  • Review the time commitments, responsibilities, and qualifications for Landmarks Docents.
  • Download the Docent Application (pdf) and send to landmarks@austin.utexas.edu. You may also contact this address if you have general questions about the docent program.
  • Applications will be reviewed and a Landmarks staff member will arrange personal interviews with volunteer candidates.

Landmarks Preservation Guild

Landmarks Preservation Guild is a committed group of volunteer interns who examine and maintain works of art in the Landmarks collection. They devote time and energy to preserve works of public art so they may be enjoyed by future generations.

Interns learn maintenance methods through periodic training sessions led by a conservator. These include techniques to monitor and record changes in works of art, to wash and wax outdoor sculpture, and to clean works of art made of bronze, steel, and painted metal.

Join the Landmarks Preservation Guild (LPG) to maintain great works of art, beautify the campus, and to care for and preserve modern and contemporary sculpture. Interns learn maintenance methods through periodic training sessions led by an objects conservator. These include techniques to monitor and record changes in works of art, to wash and wax outdoor sculpture, and to clean works of art made of wood, stone, bronze, steel, painted metal, and found objects.

Rewards

  • Specialized training in how to care for Landmarks public art projects.
  • A continuing education in modern and contemporary art and an introduction to preservation.
  • An opportunity to work closely with an objects conservator.
  • An opportunity to learn from artists, fabricators, and installers.
  • Connections with others who share an interest in art and preservation.
  • Access to Landmarks workshops and special events.

Commitment

Interns contribute an average of 6 hours of service per month. This time includes training, preparation, and bi-monthly site visits and condition reports. Successful preservation interns develop the ability to care for works of art at increasingly sophisticated levels by exercising sound judgment. Toward this end, interns must be willing to spend time engaging with works of art in the Landmarks collection, able to make first-hand observations and record minute changes over time, and learn how and when to apply preservation techniques. Interns must also make a commitment of patience to the learning process because becoming knowledgeable about preservation techniques takes considerable time and practice.

Responsibilities

  • Visit assigned works at least twice a month and complete condition reports.
  • Thoroughly observe and document each work with an online condition report.
  • Report condition changes and concerns to Landmarks staff.
  • Evaluate and refine preservation techniques.
  • Stay informed by attending guild meetings and training sessions.
  • Attend workshops and special events.
  • Become familiar with policies and procedures.

Qualifications

  • Interns should be responsible, meticulous, and curious thinkers with strong observation skills.
  • An interest in learning about conservation techniques and modern and contemporary art.
  • Individuals with a background in preservation, architecture, art and art history are especially encouraged to apply.

Apply

  • Review the commitment, responsibilities, and qualifications for LPG interns.
  • Download the LPG application (pdf) and send completed forms to Gilles Heno-Coe at gilles.heno-coe@austin.utexas.edu. You may also contact this address if you have general questions about the preservation program.
  • Applications will be reviewed and Landmarks will arrange personal interviews with volunteer candidates.