Off the Wall: Meet the Docents, Cheryl Bredeson

Welcome to Off the Wall. We’ve skimmed the news around the museum, and want to share the highlights with you.

Written while thinking about lunch.


There are people who look forward to spending their sunset years in the sunshine; it is my own retirement dream to await my death indoors, dragging strangers up dusty staircases while coughing up one of the most thrilling phrases in the English language: “It was on this spot…” My fantasy is to one day become a docent.” -Sarah Vowell

Cheryl Bredeson, FJJMA Docent

We love our docents. Each year, our volunteer docents lead thousands of visitors on complimentary tours and provide important information about our exhibitions and collections to curious minds. For today’s blog, we’ll be getting to know Cheryl Bredeson!

How long have you been a docent?

I have been a docent for 8 years and loved every minute of my experiences.

What first made you interested in volunteering at the FJJMA?

I retired from education and wanted to volunteer in Norman.  My mom was a docent at the Cowboy Museum in OKC and suggested becoming a docent there.  The drive was more than I wanted and then I saw the article in the Norman Transcript.  After the first training session, I was “hooked.”  I also had a fantastic mentor, Judy Egle.

Do you have a favorite story or memory from your time as a docent?

Many wonderful memories come to mind, but one in particular stands out. I was touring a group of kids and one boy asked if the art was “real,” not just copies.  I learned from that point on to emphasize that!  I have met wonderful people and wonderful kids.  The docents are an amazing group to work alongside.

Which work, collection, or exhibition has been your favorite at the FJJMA?

Deciding which piece of art is my favorite is very difficult!  The Bialac collection; the Picasso special exhibit; The Lullaby, As Long as the Waters Flow, and the Adkins Gallery are a few of my favorites.

What other hobbies do you have when you aren’t sharing art with visitors?

Other hobbies include reading, gardening, painting, playing the piano, traveling, keeping grandkids, volunteering at church, and sleeping past 5:15, which was my wake-up working time!

Want to follow Cheryl’s lead? We’re always looking for wonderful people to add to our impressive lineup of museum docents.


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