What is a docent?
Docents are tour guides specially trained to educate and interact with Wharton Esherick Museum visitors of all ages. Volunteer tour guides are passionate about the Museum and eager to share their love and knowledge of art while connecting visitors with Wharton Esherick’s unconventional life and iconic home studio.
Docents share the complex life and legacy of artist Wharton Esherick, commonly considered a major figure in twentieth-century art, craft, architecture, and design and the father of the Studio Furniture Movement. They do this work through interpreting the rich resources of the Wharton Esherick Museum, which range from a robust collection of artworks by Esherick; Esherick’s idiosyncratic home and studio; archives, photography, and ephemera relevant to Esherick’s story; and exhibitions and programs that emphasize Esherick’s ongoing relevance to contemporary artists and art lovers.