The Maier Museum of Art
at Randolph College


Volunteers are an integral part of the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College!

As a volunteer you will help to increase awareness, understanding, and enjoyment of art for people of all ages by providing support for the Maier’s educational programs and visitor services. You don’t have to be an art expert to volunteer at the Maier! We look for individuals who enjoy learning about American art and history, are open-minded and enthusiastic, appreciate meeting new people, and want to give back to the community.

If you want to contribute your time, energy, and passion to create a place where people of every background can be touched by art, the Maier offers a range of volunteer opportunities.

Testimonial from one of our volunteers:

I think the Maier has such a strong volunteer program with so many benefits. Through volunteering, I have learned so much, through so many venues – training every week, reading the resources available to us while I work at the front desk, learning from my fellow docents while assisting with tours, doing research on exhibitions or for the conference, and auditing classes at the College.

As a member of the Maier, I would add attending special lectures, spotlight tours, and being a member of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. But the greatest benefit is how many wonderful people I have met through being included in the [Virginia Docent Exchange] group, working with and meeting other amazing docents.

-Elizabeth R., May 2019


Spotlight tour


Docents help visitors make meaning of the works of art on view! Docents are volunteer guides who work in pairs to facilitate interactive tours for school-age children, families, and adults.

During the year, docents attend up to 20 hours of training on museum education and touring techniques, artistic processes, and the history of American Art, the Maier, and Randolph College. Volunteers are expected to lead or assist approximately 15 tours throughout the year.


Receptionists are the face of the Maier! Receptionists greet tour groups and visitors, provide general information about the Maier and Randolph College, as well as handle gift shop sales. Additionally, receptionists work in conjunction with Maier security to enforce rules and ensure the safety of the objects in our care.

Receptionists attend up to 12 hours of training on the history of the Maier Museum of Art and Randolph College, key works from the collection and changing exhibitions, and emergency preparedness protocols. Receptionists are scheduled for 1 ½ to 2-hour shifts each month on days that the Museum is open to the public. Receptionists are asked to commit to at least two shifts per month.

Additional Opportunities

Throughout the year, docents and receptionists are given opportunities to support Maier education programs and events. Responsibilities include preparing materials for art and gallery activities, assisting with family and community programs, greeting visitors during public events, and supporting administrative tasks. At times, volunteers may work with Randolph College students.


Maier volunteers enjoy access to exclusive lectures, tours, demonstrations and workshops, documentaries, and field trips that help expand our understanding of the Collection and rotating exhibitions. Volunteers are eligible to receive discounts for Maier Museum membership, the Maier gift shop, and Museum sponsored trips. Plus, once a minimum number of service hours are met, volunteers are qualified to audit a selection of art history and American history courses offered at Randolph College.

Application Process & Training Schedule

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, have basic computer and communication skills, be reliable and responsive, and be able to commit to the Maier for at least one year. Volunteers are expected to submit to a background check and maintain active status as a member of the Maier Museum of Art.

New docent applications are accepted in the fall and spring, prior to the start of training sessions. Applications for new receptionists are accepted on a rolling basis and filled depending on need. All applicants must participate in an interview and attend one volunteer orientation (offered three times per year in the fall, spring, and summer).

We try to accommodate everyone’s busy schedule! One to two-hour training sessions are offered Monday afternoons and repeated on Tuesday evenings during the fall and spring. Summer training schedule varies.

For more information or to receive a volunteer application, contact:

Laura McManus
Curator of Education
(434) 947.8136 x5