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Fowler Staff Positions

Director of Development

The Director of Development will be responsible for creating and activating short- and long-term plans and robust strategies for individual, corporate and foundation fundraising, with particular emphasis on the expansion of the individual major gift effort aimed at achieving those objectives. The DOD will also reinvigorate a focused effort on Museum membership and all donor engagement strategies that include exhibition openings, stewardship, and events to recognize the generosity of patrons and members. They will also identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit prospective donors who have the capacity to make financial commitments of $25,000+ and deliver timely and effective follow-up to prospects and donors.
Working with the Museum Director and senior staff, the DOD will help to establish and manage a volunteer board as a means for achieving important fundraising goals. In addition, the DOD will oversee the management of volunteer special interest councils and arrange opportunities for the Museum Director and other staff as appropriate to meet with donors and volunteers in forums designed to engender increased interest in and support of the Museum.

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Curator of Textiles of the Eastern Hemisphere

The Fowler Museum at UCLA seeks an experienced, creative, and team-oriented Curator of Textile Arts for a three-year position. The Museum seeks a candidate who has knowledge of historical genres, as well as popular and contemporary expressions, and who will have direct responsibility over museum programming and collections in these areas. This position reports to the Manager of Curatorial Affairs and will work closely with all other museum departments in the production of exhibitions and programs. The incumbent will also oversee exhibition projects proposed by guest curators and borrowed from other institutions that are related broadly to textile arts (even when they relate to cultural areas outside the specialization of the incumbent).

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Museum Preparator

Part time. Salary: $24.41- $29.03; salary placement based on skills, knowledge, and experience.

The Fowler Museum at UCLA is seeking experienced preparators and fabricators to join our crew for its Winter/Spring exhibitions.Qualified candidates should have an interest in the arts and museum related work. Prior experience working in museum, gallery, cultural institution, or arts organizations is required. Applicants must have strong skills in carpentry and woodworking, fabrication, and art handling, as well as strong communication, organization, problem solving and critical thinking skills. This position is physically demanding with considerable lifting/building and full days on your feet. Candidates must be able to lift/move a minimum of 50 lbs. High school diploma or equivalent, with strong math and writing skills. (College level education preferred). Ability to provide proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. Continued employment contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation. Part-time, full-time, and seasonal positions are available, but will be dependent on exhibition schedule.

To apply, please send resume/CV, cover letter, work samples, and a minimum of 3 professional references to

Volunteering at the Fowler

The Fowler often has volunteer opportunities for people ages 18 and older who seek greater involvement at the Museum. From assisting with research and conservation to staffing membership tables at events, volunteers play an important role in maintaining the Museum’s tradition of excellence.

If you would like to volunteer, please complete the Volunteering Request Form.

Opportunities for Students

Student Educator

Part-time position, Work-Study preferred, but not required
Compensation: $16.80/hr

The Fowler Student Educator program engages UCLA undergraduates in different K-12 activities at the museum on campus. The primary responsibilities are leading gallery conversations in the museum’s exhibition spaces and art-making activities.

Student Educators also assist with the organization and implementation of teacher programs and support ongoing projects and community engagement in the Education Department. The incoming cohort will also enjoy professional development opportunities, including conversations with Fowler staff about museum education, curatorial practice, conservation, collections management, publications, and development.

How to apply: We are now accepting applications through 5pm on Friday, September 15, 2023. Please send a cover letter, resume, and proof of Work Study Award to Jeniffer Perales Garcia, manager of K-12 & family programming and bilingual educator at

We invite candidates from a wide range of academic disciplines in order to foster cross-disciplinary perspectives and culturally responsive dialogues with K–12 students, teachers, and museum visitors. Applicants will be evaluated on their commitment to making global arts and cultures inspiring and accessible.

In-person work is required, and occasional family programs take place on weekends.

Fowler Museum Gallery Attendant
Part-time position, Work-Study preferred, but not required
Compensation: $16.25/hr

Under the supervision of the Museum security supervisors, perform the duties of gallery attendant by ensuring the safety of all artworks while on display in the Museum’s galleries. Ensure that Museum and its occupants are adequately protected against harm or loss while on duty. Conduct a thorough visual check of each artwork to check for any discrepancies and/or damage. Report all unusual findings immediately. Maintain a running count of daily gallery visitors and current gallery occupation. Assist with various museum events (receptions, parties, lectures, performances, etc.) including set-up and strike. Escort museum guests in secured locations. Comply with and enforce all Museum policies and procedures as instructed. Other related tasks as assigned.

How to apply: Email resume and a brief cover letter to Manuel Baltodano, Head of Security, at

Those with Federal Work Study, please apply through MyUCLA, linked in the Work Study section below.




The Fowler offers paid work-study positions for UCLA students.

Current openings: Gallery Attendant

To review open work-study positions:

  • Logon to MyUCLA
  • Select Finances and Jobs
  • Select Work-Study Job Search

Scholarships and Awards

Administered under the direction of the Fowler Museum Director and in consultation with an interdisciplinary review committee she appoints, the following research and travel fellowships are offered for 2023:


Established in 2017 to honor the legacy of Dr. Charles E. Rozaire, the Rozaire Research Award focuses on his life’s work conducting archaeological fieldwork and researching museum collections across California, the US Southwest, and Mexico. The award supports costs associated with student research analyzing existing material cultural collections and/or archives with priority given to students using Fowler Museum collections and following indigenous research protocols. See Section 3 of for an example of the latter. Undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students may apply.



The Ralph C. Altman Memorial Fund was established in 1967 by friends, students, and colleagues of the late Ralph C. Altman, founder and first director of what is now the Fowler Museum at UCLA. In his four years as director, Mr. Altman helped build the museum’s holdings of non-western art into one of the most distinguished collections in the world. The perpetuation of interest and scholarship in the field of non-western arts through the training of graduate students was Mr. Altman’s foremost goal. Graduate and PhD students from all fields and disciplines addressing non-western arts may apply.

Established in 1988 and named in honor of the late Dr. Arnold Rubin, professor of Art History at UCLA from 1967 to 1988, the Rubin Award is given annually to a graduate student working in Dr. Rubin’s areas of interest. These include African, Pacific, and Native American arts and material culture, and popular phenomena emphasizing the unconventional arts of living people, regardless of geographic area. Graduate and PhD students studying the arts of the regions described here may apply.

The award was established in 2007 by family, friends and colleagues in memory of Sarah Gilfillan. She was associate director of development for the Fowler Museum and did curatorial work on several important Latin American projects. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Ms. Gilfillan had extensive experience researching and working in art museums and galleries in Brazil, Mexico, and Spain. Her goal had been to enter a PhD program in Latin American art history. This award provides a travel stipend to assist with field research or study abroad. Only PhD students in the field of Latin American arts may apply.


Award funding may be used for expenses directly related to the applicant’s research project. These include travel and field location costs (flights/visas/ground transportation/local lodging/meals), and other research expenses (e.g. Internet/mobile phone, research materials, and local fees, etc.). These awards do not cover the purchase of equipment.

Students from a wide range of departments are encouraged to apply. Please indicate on the application form the award(s) for which you are eligible. Selection is based on the merits of the applicant. Any graduate or PhD student registered at UCLA or receiving a degree from UCLA, and planning a career in a field related to the goals of these awards is eligible, with the exception of the Gilfillan Award for which only UCLA PhD candidates may apply. In all cases, preference will be given to PhD candidates whose proposed project is directly related to their dissertation and who do not have other major sources of support.

Application form available here (same form for all awards). You may also request an application by emailing Alexis Edge at Completed applications must be received by Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 6 pm PST .

Recipients are expected to present their findings at a roundtable session with the staff of the Fowler Museum and to credit the awards in any resultant publication, a copy of which should be provided to the museum.

Application Submission Deadline: Wednesday March 29, 2023, 6 pm PST
Award Announcement: Monday, May 15, 2023 


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