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University Students, Faculty, and Staff

The Fowler’s programs provide numerous opportunities for UCLA students, faculty, and staff to engage with global arts and cultures. These offerings include the newly launched Student Educator Program and Fowler Student Council, interdisciplinary class visits, and collaboratively designed student and faculty initiatives.

Class Visits

UCLA faculty from a variety of disciplines regularly use the Fowler Museum as an extension of their classrooms. A visit to the Fowler can offer cultural context, exemplify ideas and concepts addressed in class, introduce visual literacy skills, and provide focus for student projects. There are many ways to integrate works of art into undergraduate and graduate courses. 

Faculty members may sign up for a guided tour by Fowler Student Educators, who are UCLA undergraduate and graduate students trained to lead introductory visits to current exhibitions and engage visitors in sustained looking and student-centered conversations. Faculty and staff interested in scheduling a guided tour are expected to participate in its development by furnishing additional information, such as the syllabus and learning objectives for the visit. Fowler educators are not able to accommodate all guided tour requests; you may be asked to schedule a self-guided tour or lead the visit yourself if your learning objectives or class topics do not align with the Fowler educators’ expertise. Faculty and staff may also schedule a visit and lead their own visit to Fowler exhibitions. 

To schedule a class visit, please complete our online request form below. Requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please allow at least three weeks’ notice for guided tour requests, and at least one week’s notice for self-guided tour requests.

Email fowlereducation@arts.ucla.edu with requests for guided visits.

Ways to Get Involved

Fowler Student Educator Program

The Fowler Student Educator program offers three main areas of activity to UCLA students:

Professional Development: Student Educators are invited to three quarterly discussions with the Fowler staff about museum education, curatorial practice, conservation, collections management, publications, and development.

Grade 6–12 Engagement: Student Educators lead “Conversations” focused on art and other cultural materials that represent various perspectives on leadership, liberation, wellness, and the environment. Facilitated dialogues around these themes highlight the knowledge developed and valued by different cultures and communities. Conversations in our Intersections: World Art, Local Lives gallery are followed by hands-on activities and guided writing exercises, and serve Common Core Standards. Our goal is to support and augment classroom instruction in social studies/history, visual arts, ethnic studies, and social-emotional learning.

Teacher Institutes: Student Educators may assist with the organization and implementation of the museum’s professional development series for teachers titled “Engaging Lived Religion” and “The Art of Liberation: Africa and the African Diaspora.” 

Application Process: We are accepting applications for Student Educators in the summer of 2022, for the program beginning in the fall quarter. 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.  

Please send a cover letter and resume to fowlereducation@arts.ucla.edu by August 1, 2022.

Fowler Student Council

The Fowler Student Council (FSC) consists of UCLA undergraduates and graduates from a range of academic disciplines and campus organizations who serve as advocates for diverse stakeholders on UCLA campus and in the city of Los Angeles. The FSC convenes once a month throughout the academic year to envision future museum programs and exhibitions, offer critical assessments of past ones, and advance the Fowler’s accountability to multiple campus communities.

FSC members have opportunities to: co-design and host the series UCLA Conversations; organize special events for Fowler Student Members; support partnerships at UCLA and in greater Los Angeles; and advise the Fowler staff on aspects of student life at UCLA.

FSC work is informed by recent scholarship on sharing authority with community constituents in order to ensure participation, accessibility, and advocacy for individuals whose histories and legacies are represented at the museum.  

A stipend of $1,000 per academic year (3 quarters) will compensate FSC members for their time and expertise.

Application Process: We welcome applications from students in all academic disciplines. Applicants will be evaluated on their commitment to making global arts and cultures accessible. We hope that the students’ plurality of perspectives will inform culturally responsive and critical dialogues with museum staff and the UCLA community.

Applications are now closed. We will be accepting new applications Nov. 14-30, 2022.

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FSC Members, 2022–2023

Madison Aubey, PhD program, Anthropology
Ivana Berrios, PhD program, Comparative Literature
Rio Deniger ‘23, Major: Art History; Minors: Gender Studies; Film, TV, and Digital Media
Ricardo Dollero ‘23, Major: Anthropology; Minors: Film, TV, and Digital Media; Ethnomusicology
Rasheed Shabazz, PhD program, Urban Planning
Angela Estrada ’23, Major: Anthropology; Minor: Community Engagement and Social Change
Alba Menéndez Perez, PhD candidate, Archaeology
Stephanie Rice ’23, Major: Ancient Near East and Egyptology; Minor: Geography/Environmental Studies
Justine Sargent ‘23, Major: English; Minor: Film, Television, and Digital Media
Nicole Smith, PhD program, Anthropology

Image below, left to right: Rio, Rasheed, Maddy, Alba, Justine, Angela, Nicole

UCLA Conversations

Organized by the Fowler Student Council, UCLA Conversations are evening events that highlight innovative projects led by faculty and staff. Our goal is to use the museum as a space for critical conversations, while highlighting works of art and diverse systems of knowledge developed by cultures and communities across the globe.

UCLA Conversations will be held once a month, beginning in the fall quarter of 2022.

Graduate Research Assistants

Academic Year 2021-2022

Hannah Whelana second-year graduate student in the Library & Information Science program at UCLAspecializes in Archival Studies. She is interested in the processes of collective remembering and forgetting, and the use of community archives to resist narratives generated by government-controlled record-keeping and surveillance. Hannah’s “Art of Liberation” project explores how art and other counter-documentation methods can be used in K-12 classrooms to generate discussion and collective action around liberation and its absence.

Doğa Tekina third-year graduate student in Anthropologyspecializing in Linguistic Anthropology. Her research focuses on how discourses about public parks produce, reinforce, and disrupt people’s relationships with nature and land use; how national and state parks erase Indigenous histories; and how these natural areas become privatized, racialized, and classed. At the Fowler, Doğa has been working with the education team on designing the K-12 program called “Conversations,” with a special focus on how art and other cultural materials express and embody different perspectives on nature and liberation. As a core part of her work, Doğa organizes workshops with K-12 teachers, high school students, and UCLA faculty to support the integration of community voices and expertise into the Fowler’s K-12 programming.

Project-based calls for applicants are posted on our Opportunities page as they become available.

Fowler Out Loud

Fowler Out Loud (FOL) is a for-students, by-students evening music series that invites UCLA students from various disciplines to perform at the museum. Students can get involved as performers or as the FOL Coordinator, a P/T paid position in which a student acts as the program curator who coordinates booking, marketing, and production of student performances.

FOL Coordinator: In Summer 2022, we will be accepting applications for the 2022–23 academic year.  Please visit the Work-Study section of our Opportunities page.

Performers: UCLA students, alumni, or UCLA-affiliated ensembles interested in performing during the academic year should fill out the application questionnaire hereMost performances take place in the Fowler’s outdoor courtyard or amphitheater. Past performances have included music, dance, and spoken word. We do our best to accommodate all performance genres.

Below: Traditional Japanese drumming ensemble Kyodo Taiko (est. 1990) performs in the Fowler amphitheater.

Student Awards

The Arnold Rubin Award and the Ralph C. Altman Award are for PhD students planning a career in non-Western art. Applicants must be graduate students working on African, Pacific, Asian, or Native North and South American arts and material culture, or popular culture phenomena and unconventional arts of living peoples, regardless of geographic area.

Rubin award carries a $3,000 stipend; Altman carries a $4,000 stipend. Applicants will be considered automatically for both awards. Any PhD student registered at UCLA (or receiving a PhD degree from UCLA) in the fields described above is eligible; students from a wide range of departments are encouraged to apply.

Recipients are expected to present their findings at a roundtable attended by the Fowler staff and credit their award in any resulting publication, a copy of which should be provided to the museum.

The Sarah Elizabeth Gilfillan Award was established in 2007 by family, friends, and colleagues of Sarah Gilfillan, who served as associate director of development at the Fowler Museum and conducted curatorial work on several Latin American projects. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, 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 of $3000 to assist with field research or study abroad. Only PhD students in Latin American arts may apply.

The Rozaire Research Award was established in 2017 to honor the legacy of Dr. Charles E. Rozaire, who conducted archeological fieldwork and researched museum collections across California, the US Southwest, and Mexico. The award supports costs associated with undergraduate or graduate student research focused on analyzing existing material culture collections and/or archives, with priority given to students using the Fowler collections and/or following indigenous research protocols (see Section 3 of https://www.uvic.ca/hsd/research/igovprotocol.pdf for an example of the latter). The Rozaire Research Award carries a $2,500 stipend.

Submission instructions and application forms for the 2022 Awards will be posted here in November 2022. Questions may be directed to the Fowler’s Executive Assistant, Sarah Chenault, at skchenau@arts.ucla.edu.

Internships and Work-Study Opportunities

The Fowler regularly hires undergraduate and graduate students for positions in the museum, including in Education and Public Programs, Digital Media, Security, and Development. Internships for course credit are also available in specific departments. If you are a UCLA student interested in developing an independent or course project under the mentorship of a Fowler staff member, please contact the appropriate department here.

Additional information and application instructions for student awards and employment opportunities are available here.

UCLA Student, Faculty, and Staff Collaborations

We frequently collaborate with partners across campus on creating programs, be they gallery talks, musical performances, or other activities that celebrate the intellectual and creative talents of UCLA students, faculty, and staff. Faculty expertise and graduate student research also shape the interpretation, design, and presentation of educational programs, collections, and exhibitions. Recent examples include the Community Scholar in Residence program, a partnership between the Fowler and UCLA’s Islamic Studies Program. To suggest a collaboration, please email fowlereducation@arts.ucla.edu.

DISRUPT the Fowler

DISRUPT is a UCLA student design organization that aims to establish inclusive spaces and create opportunities for students of all backgrounds to engage in creative collaborations. The Fowler is honored to partner with DISRUPT in offering programs that break down barriers in the art world, and promote innovative ideation through inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility. Contact DISRUPT to join the organization or to suggest a speaker for our public program series, DISRUPT THE FOWLER. Email: disrupt@ucla.edu

To view past DISRUPT programs, click through the video showcase below.

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