Sculpture Park Docent Orientation Begins

University Park, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Looking for a good way to expand your horizons, meet people, and serve as an ambassador at one of the Chicago Southland’s premier cultural institutions?

Orientation sessions begin February 3 for the 2011 docent class at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, located at Governors State University. Docents guide visitors through the nationally acclaimed sculpture park, home to 27 masterworks by some of the world’s great contemporary artists.

They also host programs and receptions, and act as park ambassadors, said Geoffrey Bates, NMSP curator and director. “We’re looking for people who are interested in art. But they don’t have to experts in contemporary art – they will learn about sculpture and our collection during the orientation sessions. ” Bates said people of all ages are eligible for the docent program.

Seven docent orientation sessions will take place over a 12-week period. Sessions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on February 3 and 17; March 3, 17, and 31; and April 14 and 27. The final meeting is on May 7 when the docent class will be treated to a continental breakfast before taking a tour of the sculpture park.

Orientation session topics include park history, an introduction to the history of sculpture, presentations on each piece in the collection, and pointers on how to conduct tours of the sculpture park. Light refreshments will be provided at each session.

Advance registration and a $35 fee are required. For more information, call (708) 534-4486, email [email protected], or visit the park website at

The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park is located at Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park. The park is free and open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year.