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.

Adenike Hickson

Adenike Hickson

Class of 2022

Hello! My name is Adenike Hickson and I am a first-year student at Union College. I am from New York City. My major is currently Undeclared. Some of my hobbies include cooking, traveling and learning new things. My goals at the moment are to adjust to the college setting and to enjoy the opportunities available in college.

Macy Keegan

Macy Keegan

Class of 2021

My name is Macy Keegan. I am a sophomore here at Union and an Economics and English double major. Aside from academics, I am a member of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams, as well as a member of SpoonU, the Econ Club, and I help run and organize the Dutchman Dip! Always having an interest in the arts, I enjoy my time spent in the Mandeville Gallery!

Maya Newell

Maya Newell

Class of 2019

Hello! My name is Maya Newell and I am currently a senior at Union College. I am majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Sociology and Visual Arts. This is my fourth year working as a docent in Mandeville Gallery. It has been such a great experience to see all the various artists and their works of art. Being someone who enjoys painting and photography, it has been a real pleasure and great opportunity to be able to meet fellow artists and hear about what inspires them. Aside from working in the gallery, I also am involved in the Union Co-Ed acapella group Eliphalets! Singing in the Nott is one of our favorite places. Future goals are to travel the world, try lots of food and make a difference somewhere.

Virali Shah

Virali Shah

Class of 2019

Hello! My name is Virali Shah, and I am senior student at Union College. I am a Biology and Psychology interdepartmental major, completing an MBA at Clarkson University through the Leadership in Medicine Program. I am one of the work study students for the Mandeville Gallery. This is my fourth year working for the gallery, and it has been an absolute pleasure! I love meeting the artists, learning about new artistic techniques, and conversing with visitors who come from all over the nation. While I am not an art major, I have a deep passion for the visual arts. I took oil painting classes in high school, and during my vacations. I enjoy painting on canvases with acrylic paint. Painting is a form of enjoyment and relief for me.

My future career goals include pursuing a medical degree at Albany Medical College. I hope to become a practicing specialist in a small medical clinic, in addition to serving medical needs abroad. I spent three weeks in Nadi, Fiji last winter break completing an internship in Nutrition and Chronic Disease, an experience I found eye-opening and fulfilling. On campus, I am captain of my Bhangra Union Dance Team and a Senior Intern for Admissions. I was also President of Best Buddies and a supplemental instructor for the Biology department. In my free time, I enjoy dancing, running, and spending quality time with my friends and family.

Kaitlynn Blow

Kaitlynn Blow

Class of 2020

Kaitlynn Blow is a Junior majoring in Visual Arts with a minor in Digital media. She’s interim co-chair for the Creative Writing Organization and an avid member of Dickens Theme House. Her favorite kind of art is contemporary multimedia and fiber art.

Allison Wachtfogel

Allison Wachtfogel

Class of 2021

Hi! My name is Allison Wachtfogel and I am a sophomore here at Union College. I am majoring in Sociology, with a minor in Visual Arts. On campus, I am involved in greek life, as well as in Union’s co-ed a cappella group, The Eliphalets. I have always had a passion for art, so feel very lucky that I get to spend time in the Mandeville Gallery!

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