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.

Student Docent Talks

The Mandeville Gallery has further developed the Student Docent Program to give student docents a platform to offer insights about their interpretations of each exhibition, as it relates to their own research, interests, and personal experiences, as students of Union College. For each new exhibition, docents attend a tour with either the exhibiting artist(s) or with the gallery director. 

Docents then individually construct discussions around particular artworks, that develop into short, 10-minute presentations that encourage audience participation and contemplation. These Student Docent Talks collectively highlight artworks, artists, and themes from the current exhibition and are free and open to the public.

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, mixed media, and digital art. At the Mandeville Gallery, I am excited to see a diverse range of artworks presented.

Samuel Perry

Samuel Perry

Class of 2023

My name is Samuel Perry and I’m a junior 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 a Classics major with a real interest in foreign languages. I’m heavily involved in the Minerva program (as House Coordinator for Green House), multiple theatre productions, choir, and the Dutch Pipers a cappella group. This is my third year working at the Mandeville, and I love it!

Adenike Hickson

Adenike Hickson

Class of 2022

Hello! My name is Adenike Hickson and I am a senior at Union College. I hope that you are all staying safe and healthy during this pandemic. I am from Harlem, New York, and I am majoring in Chinese. It is exciting to know that the Mandeville Gallery will be able to continue to build individuals’ interest in the visual arts virtually this term. I have always been fascinated by art and its many layers. Being a student docent these past few years has allowed me to discover and really explore the wonders of the art world. Some things that I enjoy include cooking, spending time with family and friends, and relaxing.

Mallory Nelson

Mallory Nelson

Class of 2022

Hello! My name is Mallory Nelson. I am a senior at Union College. I am majoring in Studio Fine Arts. I have always loved art, and grew up with more art in my house than there was ever space for on the walls. In my free time I enjoy exploring many different mediums of art; right now I use a lot of drawing inks and paint pens. I also enjoy baking, embroidery, and playing video games. I hope to share my love of art in the collections at Union College and help people to engage with art pieces.

Dubem Okafor

Dubem Okafor

Class of 2025

Hi! My name is Dubem Okafor, and I’m from Lagos, Nigeria. I’m a Biological Science major as a well as a Law and Humanities minor, and I’m so excited to be one of the student docents this year. Even though my major is in the sciences, I’ve always been intrigued by all the arts. From canvas work to poetry and prose, the multiple interpretations that artworks can take on is what makes art so relevant and important to me. It’s become my escape from the one track mindedness that STEM fields tend to instill in people and the personal stresses of life. I really look forward to having many long discussions with everyone at Mandeville throughout the year.

Sophie Brown

Sophie Brown

Class of 2023

Hi, my name is Sophie Brown. I am a junior and Visual Arts Major with a dual concentration in Art History and Studio Fine Arts. I am on the women’s tennis team, and a two time ITA scholar athlete recipient. I am also a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority as well as the The Garnet Society. I have been involved in performing and visual arts for many years, and am looking forward to working at the Mandeville!