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UVA 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 entering the second year 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, implement, 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. For more information about the SAC’s mission, membership requirements, and to apply for the 2016–17 council, visit the online application form. Applications for this year’s council must be submitted by March 27, 2016, and questions should be directed to FralinStudentAdvCoun@virginia.edu.

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. Between September 8 and November 13, 2015, more than 3800 students in grades 3-12 toured the Museum for Writer’s Eye, as well as more than 400 adults from the University and the community. We received 1821 entries in all categories, an increase of nearly 8% over last year. We are pleased to announce the winners of Writer's Eye 2015:

WE 2015 award winners >

The annual Writer’s Eye Awards Ceremony will be held from 3–5 pm on May 1, 2016, at the Newcomb Hall Ballroom. First place contestants will read their entries. Second Place, Third Place, and honorable mention recipients will also be acknowledged. The ceremony is free and open to the public as well as to the families, friends, teachers, and school principals of the Writer’s Eye winners. The annual Writer’s Eye anthology will be released at this time.

Writer's Eye 2016

Writer’s Eye 2016 will mark the 30th anniversary of the program, started by the Museum’s docents in 1986. 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.

Information for Writer’s Eye 2016 will be available in May of 2016. Information for Writer’s Eye 2015 is listed below for reference:

WE tour booking form >
WE 2015 key dates and information >
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 >

Early Visions

Each Spring semester, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia. The Fralin offers the ten-week Early Visions program. UVA students and children from the Boys and Girls Club are paired in mentoring relationships and embark on creative activities that encourage exploration of the Museum's exhibitions, promote critical thinking, and relate the children's discoveries to their own lives. Early Visions embodies the Museum's dual educational mission of providing learning opportunities for both students and community members by harnessing the enthusiasm and skills of University students to deliver innovative educational programs. Mentors and mentees learn from and about one another while working side-by-side on creative projects.

For University student mentors, the daylong training program includes an overview of Charlottesville's racial history, exercises to build self-awareness and communication skills, and fundamental techniques in art education. It's a great opportunity for students to gain experience working with children, broaden horizons, and give back to the community.

If you are a U.Va. student interested in becoming an Early Visions mentor, apply here.>

If your child attends the Cherry Avenue or Southwood Boys & Girls Club, inquire with their Club leaders.