For Immediate release
February 10, 2010
The McNay Offers New Docent Training Class
San Antonio – The McNay Docent Council is accepting a new docent class for 2010-2011. As volunteers of the McNay Art Museum, the docents provide opportunities for the public to enjoy and find meaning in works of art through tours of the McNay collection and exhibitions. About 90% of their work is giving tours for students in elementary school through high school, as well as in college. Docents also give tours for adults.
WHO: McNay Art Museum Docent Council
WHAT: New docent training class
WHEN: Deadline for submitting materials is Monday, March 15, 2010.
WHERE: McNay Art Museum, 6000 North New Braunfels, San Antonio, Texas 78209
HOW: Application forms and other information will be mailed to interested parties; the deadline for submitting materials is Monday, March 15, 2010; interviews for members of the new class will be conducted in April and training begins in fall 2010.
Built by artist and educator Marion Koogler McNay in the 1920s, the Spanish Colonial Revival-style home opened as Texas’ first museum of modern art in 1954. Today more than 150,000 visitors a year enjoy works by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. In June 2008, the museum opened the 45,000-square-foot Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions designed by internationally renowned French architect Jean-Paul Viguier. Nearly doubling the McNay’s exhibition space, the Stieren Center includes three separate outdoor sculpture galleries, the first in South Texas.
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 am – 4 pm; Thursday, 10 am – 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; and Sunday, noon – 5 pm. The McNay is closed on Mondays, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
General admission: McNay members – free; Adults – $8; Students 12 and under – $5; Seniors – $5; Active military – $5; Children 12 and under – free. An extra admission charge of $5 applies during An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection and TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845–1945. There is no charge for general admission on Thursday nights and on the first Sunday of the month. At these times, the extra admission charge applies only for entrance to the special exhibitions.