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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 Engagement Council

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia is entering the second year of its newest student initiative—The Fralin Student Engagement Council. The Student Engagement Council (SEC) is an advocacy group dedicated to efforts that deepen and diversify University student engagement with the Museum. Members of the SEC 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 SEC may be a good fit for you. Applications are accepted each spring from undergraduate and graduate students at UVA who wish to serve on the council for the upcoming academic year. For more information about the SEC’s mission and membership requirements, questions should be directed to FralinSEC@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 University Museums Internship Class (undergraduate):

ARTH 4951/4952
The University Museums Internship is a two-semester sequence of two three-credit courses. Students will do internships (lasting for an academic year) at either The Fralin Museum of Art or the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. As interns, students will work approximately 100 hours each semester (7-8 hours per week) in the museum, under the close supervision of museum professionals, and will participate in three training sessions and three academic seminars per semester. The class will also curate their own exhibition. Cross listed with Art History and GDS. Enrollment by application (due May 1): email to Jordan Love a resume, transcript, and a one-page essay/cover letter explaining why you want to take the class, what museum work interests you, and what museum experience you have (if any).

Summer Internships:

The Collections Department offers the Powanda summer internship in Collections Management and care. For more information, please contact Lynn Lee.

The Education and Curatorial Departments accept summer volunteers or interns through the UIP program as needed. For more information, please contact:

Education Department: Aimee Hunt
Curatorial Department: Chloé Nagraj
UIP program page: UIP

The Development department has work-study, internship (UIP) and volunteer opportunities for students during the academic year and summer. For more information, please contact Sarah Althoff.

Graduate Student Fellowship:

The Barringer-Lindner Fellowship is open to graduate students in the joint Art and Architectural History Graduate Program at UVA. This year-long fellowship allows for the curating of a spring exhibition to be held at The Fralin Museum of Art. The fellow will be nominated by the Art and Architectural History graduate committee, and final selection will be made by The Fralin in April. Interested students should contact the Director of Graduate Studies or email Laura Mellusi, Art General Administrative Supervisor.

Writer's Eye 2016

Now in it’s 30th year, Writer’s Eye, started by The Fralin’s docents in 1986, is an annual literary competition that challenges writers of all ages. Writers from 3rd grade through adults 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. 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.

Entries are judged anonymously by area teachers and writing professionals. This year’s Distinguished Judges include authors Lisa Russ Spaar and Christopher Tilghman. Lisa Russ Spaar, the Distinguished Judge for Poetry, is the author/editor of over ten books of poetry and criticism, including the Monticello in Mind: 50 Contemporary Poems on Jefferson. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize Anthology, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. Christopher Tilghman, the Distinguished Judge for Prose, is the author of two short story collections, In a Father’s Place, and The Way People Run, and the novels, Mason’s Retreat and Roads of the Heart. His reviews and essays have appeared frequently in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere. Learn more about this year’s judges here.

Art selections for Writer’s Eye 2016 will be drawn from four new exhibitions: Andy Warhol: Icons, THE GREAT WAR: Printmakers of World War I from the VMFA, A Gift of Knowing: The Art of Dorothea Rockburne, and New Acquisitions: Photography, as well as from the museum’s permanent collections.

Docent-led Writer’s Eye tours begin on August 29th, 2016 and end November 22nd 2016. Schedule a tour for Writer’s Eye 2016.
WE 2016 tour booking form >
WE 2016 electronic submission form >

Additional Information

WE 2016 key dates and information >
WE 2016 competition guidelines and entry form >
WE 2016 visitation guidelines >
WE 2016 self-guided tour >
WE 2016 image selections >
WE tips and hints >
Directions for unloading, parking, and loading buses >
Parking map for cars and small buses >
Evaluate your Writer's Eye tour here >

Writer's Eye 2015

Between September 8 and November 13, 2015, more than 3,800 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 1,821 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 >

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.