UVaM - University of Virginia Art Museum


U.Va. student opportunities

The Museum invites University students to explore the Museum and its collections through the student docent program, internships, and volunteer opportunities.

Student Docents

The Fralin student docents are trained in a variety of museum education techniques, including the inquiry method. After a completing the required Docent Training Course, they lead tours for school groups and community organizations, assist with the annual Writer's Eye competition, and contribute to the Museum’s mission by fostering an appreciation for art in visitors of all ages.

Docent Training Course

The application for the spring 2015 Docent Training Course is available online now. Check out the Student Docent Program page for information about The Fralin Student Docents. If you are interested in joining the program, visit the link below to learn more and submit an application. Please note that applications to the spring training course will not be considered until much later in the fall semester, so you may not receive an immediate response to your submission.

Apply to be a Docent at The Fralin >


The Museum is pleased to offer internships through UIP (University Internship Programs) and the Global Development Studies program, both of which offer academic credit. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for the Luzak-Lindner Graduate Fellowship.

Writer's Eye

Now in its 29th year, Writer's Eye is The Fralin's annual literary competition that challenges writers of all ages, from 3rd grade through adults, to use visual art as inspiration for the creation of original poetry and prose.

Compositions inspired by selected works on view in the Museum can be submitted in the categories of Prose or Poetry, for grades 3–5, 6–8, 9–12, and University/Adult. Entries are judged anonymously by area teachers and writing professionals. The judges for the High School and University/Adult categories are well-known writers from central Virginia. Winners are honored at an annual ceremony in the spring, and first, second, and third-place winning entries are published in the Writer's Eye anthology.

Art selections for Writer's Eye 2015 will be drawn from the Museum's permanent collection, and three new exhibitions: Jacob Lawrence: Struggle . . . From the History of the American People, Collection: Sol LeWitt and Photography, and the Cavaliers Collect exhibition which brings together diverse artworks from collections throughout the region, as well as Cuban photographs from the Museum's collection.

Writer's Eye 2015

Tours run September 8 - November 13, 2015. Entries due November 20, 2015 at 5pm. The following documents pertain to Writer's Eye 2014, and will be updated in August of 2015.

Writer's Eye 2014

To view a list of winners of Writer's Eye 2014, click here. >

To schedule a Writer's Eye tour, please use our online WE tour booking form >

WE 2014 key dates and information >
WE 2014 selections >
WE 2014 self-guided tour >
WE tips and hints >
WE 2014 competition guidelines and entry form >
WE 2014 visitation guidelines >
Directions for unloading, parking, and loading buses >
Parking map for cars and small buses >
Evaluate your Writer's Eye tour here >
WE 2013 award winners >
Writer's Eye Anthology >