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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.

The Fralin Student Advisory Council

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia is excited to announce the launch of its newest student initiative—The Fralin Student Advisory Council. The Student Advisory Council (SAC) is an advocacy group dedicated to efforts that deepen and diversify University student engagement with the Museum. Members of the SAC collaborate with Museum staff to design, coordinate, and market opportunities that broaden The Fralin's student constituency and amplify its visibility on Grounds. If you are interested in taking a leadership role at The Fralin, the SAC may be a good fit for you. Applications are accepted each spring for candidates who wish to serve on the council for the upcoming academic year. Check back in the spring of 2016 for more information and a link to apply for the 2016–17 council.

Student Docents

The Fralin student docents are trained in a variety of museum education techniques, including the inquiry method. After 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. Check out the Student Docent Program page for information about the benefits and commitments of becoming a docent at The Fralin, and for details about how to apply for the next Docent Training Course.


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 are due November 20, 2015 at 5 pm. Scheduling for Writer's Eye 2015 tours will begin August 3.

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

WE 2015 key dates and information >
WE 2015 selections >
WE 2015 self-guided tour >
WE tips and hints >
WE 2015 competition guidelines and entry form >
WE 2015 visitation guidelines >
Directions for unloading, parking, and loading buses >
Parking map for cars and small buses >
Evaluate your Writer's Eye tour here >

Writer's Eye 2014

WE 2014 selections >
WE 2014 self-guided tour >
WE 2014 award winners >
Writer's Eye Anthology >