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University Students, Faculty, and Staff Programs

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.

UCLA Conversations

UCLA Conversations are organized by the Fowler Student Council, which invites faculty members to facilitate dialogues on the themes of leadership, liberation, wellness, and the environment in the museum’s galleries. The goal of these conversations is to highlight works of art at the Fowler and bring to the fore diverse systems of knowledge developed by cultures and communities across the globe. This program is inspired by the words of Linda Tuhiwai Smith, a scholar of education, critic of persistent colonialism in academic teaching and research, and author of Decolonizing Methodologies (1999): “To hold alternative histories is to hold alternative knowledges. The pedagogical implication of this access to alternative knowledges is that they can form the basis of alternative ways of doing things” (Smith 1999, 34). 

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

Ways to Get Involved

Fowler Student Educator Program

The Fowler Student Educator program has been redesigned to offer three main areas of activity for UCLA students:

Professional Development Opportunities: Fowler Student Educators will have opportunities to meet with the Fowler staff once a month in an ongoing series of discussions about museum education, curatorial practice, conservation, collections management, development, and more. They will thus gain access to a wealth of experience from a range of museum professionals. 

Leading “Conversations”—New Educational Engagements for Grades 6-12: Student Educators will 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 will bring to the fore diverse systems of knowledge developed and valued by different cultures and communities. Our goal is to support and augment classroom instruction in social studies/history, visual arts, ethnic studies, and social-emotional learning. Conversations with 6th to 12th-grade students in the Fowler’s Intersections: World Art, Local Lives gallery will be followed by hands-on activities and guided writing exercises, and will serve Common Core Standards. 

Supporting Teacher Institutes: Student Educators may assist with the organization and implementation of the museum’s Teacher Institutes: “Engaging Lived Religion” and “The Art of Liberation: Framing New Futures in the Museum.”

Application Process: We will be accepting applications for Student Educator positions in April. Check back for more information. 

Fowler Student Council

The aim of the Fowler Student Council (FSC) is to increase the participation of historically underrepresented students in the museum’s activities. The FSC will consist of UCLA undergraduates and graduates from a range of academic disciplines and campus organizations who will serve as advocates for diverse stakeholders on UCLA campus. The FSC will meet 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 communities represented on campus.

The FSC members will have opportunities to: co-design and host programs that will get their peers involved with the Fowler; steward Fowler Student Membership; reach out to audiences and communities at UCLA and across the city, and invite them to participate in museum events; and advise the Fowler staff on aspects of student life at UCLA.

The work of the FSC will be informed by the most 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 will welcome applications for the FSC from students in a wide-range of academic disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and medicine. Applicants will be evaluated on their commitment to making global arts and cultures accessible through their individual passions and projects, social actions, academic approaches, and professional experiences. We hope that the students’ plurality of perspectives will inform their culturally responsive and critical dialogues with museum staff and UCLA community. Please send a cover letter and a resume to fowlereducation@arts.ucla.edu by December 3rd, 2021.

Graduate Research Assistants

Hannah Whelan is a second-year graduate student in the Library and Information Science program at UCLA, where she specializes 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 is currently working on the “Art of Liberation” project, exploring 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 Tekin is a third-year graduate student in Anthropology, specializing 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, “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 Fowler’s K-12 programming.

Project-based calls for applicants will be posted on our Opportunities page.

Fowler Out Loud

Fowler Out Loud is an evening concert series that invites UCLA students from various disciplines to perform at the museum. Support for Fowler Out Loud comes from the UCLA Office of Residential Life.

Student Awards

The Arnold Rubin Award and the Ralph C. Altman Award are for Ph.D. students planning a career in a field related to non-Western art. Applicants should be a graduate student working in the areas of African, Pacific, Asian, or Native North and South American arts and material culture, or popular culture phenomena emphasizing the unconventional arts of living peoples, regardless of geographic area.

The recipient of the Rubin award will receive $3,000 and the recipient of the Altman award will receive $4,000. Applicants will be considered automatically for both awards. Any Ph.D. student registered at UCLA (or receiving a Ph.D. 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 session with the staff of the Fowler Museum and to credit the awards 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 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 Ph.D. program in Latin American art history.

This award provides a travel stipend of $3000 to assist with field research or study abroad. Only Ph.D. students in the field of Latin American arts may apply.

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 undergraduate or graduate student research analyzing existing material cultural collections and/or archives with priority given to students using Fowler Museum 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 recipient of the Rozaire Research Award will receive $2,500.

Submission instructions and application forms for the 2022 Awards can be found here:

Altman, Rubin, Gilfillan Awards
Rozaire Award

Application forms are also available by emailing our Executive Assistant, Sophia Livsey at slivsey@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 Fowler in the City: Las Fotos Project and 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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