Student Guide Program
The Student Guide Program offers Yale undergraduates from all disciplines the opportunity to engage with original works of art and become familiar with a variety of museum departments.
Student Guide Tours
Student Guide tours are given three times on the weekends to the general public and academic community, as well as during student-focused events, such as First-Year Orientation and Senior Night. The students choose their own topic, select four to five objects pertaining to their theme, and use the extensive research materials in the Reference Library.
Student guides meet every Friday afternoon during the academic year to learn about the Center’s collections, develop an introductory tour based on their interests, and take trips to area museums, galleries, and artists’ studios. Returning student guides have an opportunity to work on an annual student-curated Art in Focus exhibition and purchase a work of art for the Center through the John F. O’Brien Acquisition Program. Applications are available in the summer for the upcoming academic year.
John F. O’Brien Acquisition Program
As a longtime Friend of British Art, John O’Brien established an endowment in 2014 to support arts education at the Center. The endowment aims to increase undergraduates’ appreciation of, and commitment to, the arts by involving them in the acquisition process. The fund supports both the purchase of artworks and the students’ involvement in the acquisition.
Art in Focus
Art in Focus is an annual initiative for members of the Student Guide Program, providing mentored curatorial experience and an introduction to all aspects of exhibition practice. A small group of students select a theme and the objects to illustrate it. They then decide how to arrange the objects in the galleries and write the accompanying labels.