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Student Opportunities

Center Space Project

Center Space Project (CSP) is an undergraduate student-run arts collective that works collaboratively with the Visual Arts Center to provide students with opportunities to participate in an interdisciplinary artistic community. Through our programming—including exhibitions, publications, and events—we engage with a diverse range of creative voices both within and beyond the College of Fine Arts.

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Gallery Assistants

The Visual Arts Center's Gallery Assistants welcome visitors to the gallery each day and provide information about current exhibitions. They also assist with daily operations and special events. Our team of Gallery Assistants comprises undergraduate students from the College of Fine Arts and other departments across campus. Open positions are posted on HireUTexas at the beginning of each semester, and applications are welcome from all students who qualify for the federal work-study program.

Fellows & Teaching Assistants

The Visual Arts Center offers several opportunities to graduate students in the Department of Art and Art History each year.

Curatorial Fellows are PhD candidates in Art History. Fellows provide curatorial and administrative support for VAC exhibitions and programs and are responsible for organizing their own exhibition at the Visual Arts Center in the fall following their fellowship. The fellow also organizes three exhibitions of work by Department of Art and Art History alumni at the Courtyard Gallery, located in the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, in the year following their fellowship. One Curatorial Fellowship is awarded each year, and applications are accepted in the spring semester. All past exhibitions organized by curatorial fellows are included in our exhibition archive.

Gallery Teaching Assistants are MA candidates in Art Education. These students contribute significantly to the VAC's educational programming, offering guided tours and art making workshops to university classes, school groups, and the general public. Gallery Teaching Assistants coordinate the VAC's annual Family Day event and devise additional programs and activities aimed at fostering visitor engagement with the work on view. These TAships are awarded annually by faculty in Art Education.

Preparators are MFA candidates in Studio Art. These students provide support to the VAC's chief preparator and assist with hanging and lighting work, building and painting walls, and other installation tasks throughout the course of the year. These TAships are awarded annually by faculty in Studio Art. 

Support the Visual Arts Center

Philanthropic donations sustain Visual Arts Center activities, from the annual artist-in-residence program to student exhibitions to unique programs and events that serve the Austin arts community, all of which provide students with hands-on educational experiences. Gifts at all levels are appreciated—from vital investment in operating expenses, to annual underwriting support, to special programmatic support through the Visual Arts Center Endowment.

Select naming opportunities are also available for a number of exhibition spaces within the Visual Arts Center. Partnerships with local businesses and organizations are always welcome to support public programming and special events.

Give Online

Learn more about the various ways you can support the VAC by contacting:

Sondra Lomax, Executive Director and Associate Dean for Development
College of Fine Arts
(512) 471-6468

Thanks to our Supporters

VAC Founding Donors

Curtis R. and Carol O. Kayem
Ollabelle and Gary Hall
Anne Scott Ebert
Charlene Cline Marsh
Ann S. Butler
Robin and Trey Hancock
Alma C. Madden
Allison and David Ayers
Carla and Kelly Thompson
Sara and Robert Hallam
Margaret Wilson Reckling
Mary Crouch

VAC Circle

The VAC Circle are supporters of the Visual Arts Center who strengthen the VAC’s ties to the contemporary art world, cultivate support, and bring awareness and visibility to the VAC’s multi-faceted program.

Allison Ayers
Deborah Dupre
Andee Friedrich
Amanda Kadinov
Sarah Kitchen
Kathleen Loughlin
C.C. Marsh
Lynsey Provost
Robyn Siegel
Charlie Tames
Anna Wulfe
Mary Frances Young

VAC Faculty Committee

Nicole Awai
Edward Chambers
Adele Nelson
Ann Reynolds
Michael Smith
Dawn Steinecker
Dan Sutherland

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