The Paine seeks volunteer art docents


The Paine Art Center and Gardens is seeking volunteers to act as Art Docents, with training offered in May.

Art Docents lead visitors on guided tours of the historic mansion, providing a vast array of information about artworks, the Paine’s history and architecture, as well as current exhibitions. These volunteers play a key role in providing a truly unique experience to visitors of the Paine.

In order to meet the high demand for guided tour requests, the Paine is offering a six-session training for new Art Docents from 9-11:30 a.m. in the mansion, 1410 Algoma Blvd., on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, May 1
  • Monday, May 7
  • Friday, May 11
  • Tuesday, May 15
  • Friday, May 18
  • Tuesday, May 22

The Paine will also offer training on the upcoming summer exhibition, Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection, at 1 p.m. Monday, June 4 in the Carriage House.

In addition to serving as an Art Docent, the Paine offers numerous other volunteer opportunities. Some volunteers welcome guests, while others help with special events and presentations, such as Festival of Spring, Rooms of Blooms and Nutcracker in the Castle. Still others roll up their sleeves to work in the gardens.

Whether you are a people person or a behind-the-scenes type, the Paine has a volunteering opportunity that aligns with your interests and schedule. New volunteers are asked to submit a volunteer application that can be found online at

To sign up for Art Docent training, or to learn more about volunteering, contact Volunteer and Membership Assistant Annika Holland at 920-235-6903 ext. 24 or


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Noell Dickmann Paine Art Center and Gardens Civic Contributor

The Paine Art Center and Gardens is a historic estate in Oshkosh that serves as a multi-faceted museum for learning and inspiration. Visit for more information about exhibitions, events and activities offered throughout the year.

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