Student Docent Program

Inaugurated in the fall of 2013, the Student Docent Program offers a unique work experience in a collegiate art gallery. Each student docent acts as a liaison between the gallery and its visitors, providing information and insight into the exhibitions on view in the gallery. Through our docent’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic interaction with these audiences, each docent becomes a facilitator of learning, building on visitor interest, in an effort to create lasting audiences for the visual arts at Union College and beyond.

Maymunah Ahmed

Maymunah Ahmed

Class of 2023

Hello! My name is Maymunah Ahmed and I will be majoring in biology at Union College. As an art enthusiast, the mediums I enjoy are oil paintings, mix media, and digital art. At the Mandeville Gallery, I am excited to see a diverse range of artworks presented.

Kaitlynn Blow

Kaitlynn Blow

Class of 2020

Kaitlynn Blow is a senior and majors in visual arts with a minor in digital media. In the past, she has interned for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. While interning in DC, she became more interested in contemporary fiber arts and “craftivism.” She also loves surrealist and futurist art, her favorite art piece being The City Rises by Umberto Boccioni.

Shannon Collins

Shannon Collins

Class of 2020

I am a senior at Union College, majoring in cognitive neuroscience with a minor in studio fine arts. I particularly admire art from the post-impressionist era, and tend to find most of my inspiration from these works, using oil paint as my medium of choice. In addition to my studies, I am also a member of Union’s all-female a capella group, the Garnet Minstrelles, and enjoy performing in events on campus and across the Capital Region.

Ryan Hayes

Ryan Hayes

Class of 2023

Hello! My name is Ryan Hayes. I am a first-year student at Union College from Ballston Spa, New York, majoring in economics. I was previously a student docent at my hometown treasure of an art gallery, the Arkell Museum. Through my experience as a student docent, I wish to expand my horizons on critical issues that are often showcased through art. I hope to be able to help add to the experience of every visitor, whether that be through greeting them when they enter the gallery or having an in-depth conversation about why a certain piece is so captivating.

Adenike Hickson

Adenike Hickson

Class of 2022

Hello! My name is Adenike Hickson and I am a sophomore at Union College. I am from Harlem, New York, and I am still unsure of what I would like to major in. Some of my hobbies include cooking, traveling, gardening, and learning new things. Lastly, I am very excited for visitors to see the new exhibitions that we have in store for this year!!

Samuel Perry

Samuel Perry

Class of 2023

My name is Samuel Perry and I’m a freshman here at Union College. I’m from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and I’ve been involved in both the performing and visual arts my whole life. I’m currently undeclared as far as majors go, but I’m very interested in both English and classics. I thoroughly enjoy singing, acting, creative writing, and language.

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