Ally Sterman ’09
“I have been leading tours of the museum’s broad and overwhelmingly impressive collection for almost four years now, and the joy of engaging visitors in discussions concerning art has only intensified.”
Hearing someone who has never been particularly appreciative of modern art compare a few brightly colored florescent lights to a symphony has been one of the many highlights in my time as a docent at the Allen Memorial Museum of Art.
I have been leading tours of the museum’s broad and overwhelmingly impressive collection for almost four years now, and the joy of engaging visitors in discussions concerning art has only intensified. More than simply spewing facts, I particularly enjoy engaging visitors in a dialogue, exploring the works of art together and getting them excited about the art that’s in front of them.
To lead tours at the Allen, students must go through the winter term Practicum in Museum Education. I was fortunate in my first semester at Oberlin to have met the TA, who quickly and easily convinced me to spend my winter term in Oberlin training to be a docent and gaining a broad introduction into the museum world. I am thrilled to be bringing the process full circle, and will be the TA for the Practicum this coming winter term. After graduation I hope to continue working in museums, particularly with modern Chinese art, and I believe my four years as a docent and my strong involvement with the museum will help me to realize my aspirations.
You may also like
On finding his place at Oberlin
“For me, the goal in truth was not to become the best saxophone player there ever was. It was to experience the incredible wealth of opportunities that Oberlin had to offer.”
Jonah Berman ’03
On the way we treat writing at Oberlin
“I was so deeply engaged and tangled up in writing as a living, morphing entity, that when I got to graduate school I couldn’t tolerate the aridness of what passed there at the time for intellectual...
Judy Karasik ’75
On her passion for photography
“Being at Oberlin and loving the arts go hand in hand, and luckily I get to translate my love of people, music, theater, and dance to a medium that serves both as a reminder and an inspiration to...
Ma'ayan Plaut ’10