Become a Docent

The Yellowstone Art Museum’s Docents are great contributors in making sure art is not forgotten but rather sought after.

Some of you are probably wondering, what exactly is a docent? Well, the word docent has its root in the Latin, “docents,” meaning to teach. Our Docents are a huge part of the Education Department here at the YAM. Docents provide tours to school children and/or adults, as well as helping with our various classes and events.  They also may provide pre- and post-visit art appreciation presentations in the schools.

Join us for Our 1st Docent Meeting of 2017 – 2018 school year:

Monday, September 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

*Meetings held every Monday during the school year in the Education Studio*


Docents visit John Giarrizzo’s studio during our annual spring trip

Come check out this amazing program! Male and female, the young and the not-so-young, all are welcome! No prior experience needed, just an interest in learning.

For more information please call the Education Director, Mary Serbe at 406-256-6804 x231.

Interested in becoming a docent?

And check us out on Facebook, Yellowstone Art Museum Docents


Meet our newest docents

Ann JonesIMG_0468

Ann is a retired speech language pathologist after 25 years at St. Vincent Healthcare, likes to travel, scuba dive, golf, read, hike with her dogs and spend time on Swan Lake. She and her husband moved back to Billings in 1988 and have made it their home. She started visiting the Yellowstone Art Museum as a child and has continued to believe in the importance of art whether it is visual art or music. She is excited to learn more about the YAM and sharing with others.


Ginnie PueringerIMG_0472

Ginnie spent much of grade school near Washington D.C., where her mother would take her and her siblings to the Smithsonian in the summer. The fascination rubbed off. Artist, Toulouse Latrec, has been her favorite for as long as she can remember. Many images and sculptures from those childhood gallery visits are now her deeply cherished memories. Painting in her mind is one way she daydreams.


Susan SantalaIMG_9751

Susan has lived in Billings for about 30 yrs. She saw the information about the new docent training program online last year and it caught her attention. The program is more than she thought it would be! It became a great ongoing learning experience and an opportunity to meet a welcoming group of fellow docents. The Education Department at the YAM has always amazed her with their patience, drive and talent!






Kenneth Smith


Ken taught mathematics for High School students in New Jersey for 10 years. Prior to that, he managed a large New York City construction company and started his career as a Civil Engineer. He has always been interested in art and sculpture and really enjoys working with young people. Growing up in New York, he had access to and made use of some of the best museums in the world. Ken recalls many times when a docent was able to explain a piece of art to him to help him appreciate it better and hopes to return the favor.