• Students study works on view in the Asian Gallery.

  • Students study and draft from Museum collection objects in the Marble Court

  • Faculty and students are able to access parts of the collection not currently on view

  • Students may apply to be an intern and work behind the scenes researching objects


Participate in Active Learning and Research

The Fleming Museum is a learning space for everyone. Ongoing faculty and student research illuminates the Museum’s collections through critical and creative perspectives.

The Museum is a site of creative inspiration, as students use artwork, architecture, and objects in the collection in sketching, dance, theater, poetry, and sculpture.

The Museum is also a site of critique. Faculty and students have explored intersections between their academic field’s critical questions and the Fleming’s own reckonings with its institutional history and future. In these classes with environmental studies, psychiatry, art history, classics, religion, and anthropology, students have found rich ways to share their feedback and ideas for change with Museum staff.

The Museum’s new Learning Studio has hosted more than a hundred different classes who have looked at objects and artworks that have been taken down from storage and put on racks and tables for close observation and stimulating conversation.

These are some ways that faculty and students use the Museum:

  • History students discussed the role of relics and commemorative objects in constructing historical memory
  • Environmental studies students gave recommendations about how the Museum can tell different stories about land use, foodways, and human interventions in the natural world.
  • Photography students discussed the complex relationships between photographers and subjects
  • Painting students looked at Josef Albers’ Interactions of Color studies as they began their own projects
  • Religion students discussed how the Museum’s histories of classification and collecting have changed the meanings of religious objects and fragments
  • Classics students explored how mythological iconography changed over time, by looking at sculptures and fragments


Guided Class Visits

Students taking a guided tour of the Museum

Tour a current special exhibition or a gallery in the permanent collection with a Fleming staff member, who will engage the class in observation, museum history, and discussion relevant to your class’s interests. Please make your request at least two weeks in advance.

Complete the Visitor Request Form

Faculty-guided visits for courses

A professor-led class visit to the Museum's Asian Gallery

Bring your class to the museum to look at relevant exhibitions or galleries. Even if you will be visiting without a Fleming staff member to guide the class, please schedule your visit ahead of time to avoid running into another large group. Students can use pencils only in the museum; non-flash photography of the permanent collections is permitted, but there may be restrictions on special exhibitions.

Complete the Visit Request web form

Viewing Objects from Storage

Student viewing objects from storage

Faculty may arrange for their classes to view works from storage in the Museum’s Seminar Room. The room can accommodate 20 people at a time, so larger classes may split up and rotate through other galleries during the visit. Students and faculty may also request to view objects for their own studies. If you would like assistance identifying objects in the collection that are relevant to your class topic, make a note on the request form. Please make your request at least two weeks in advance.

Any questions? Contact Margaret Tamulonis (email link), Manager of Collections and Exhibitions

Complete the Visit Request web form

Student Research

Student researching object in storage

Students who are doing in-depth research into the Museum’s collections and would like to request access to records and historical information should make an appointment in advance. Since it is not always possible to access records on short notice, students should plan ahead when making these requests.

Any questions? Contact Margaret Tamulonis (email link), Manager of Collections and Exhibitions

Using Images of the Collection

Photographing an object from storage

Digital images of some objects in the Museum collection are available for use in courses, although restrictions are applied to their use.

Any questions? Contact Margaret Tamulonis (email link), Manager of Collections and Exhibitions

Work-Study Opportunities

UVM student working at the front desk

Work-study students hold positions as gallery attendants, visitor receptionists, and office assistant positions in the Education, Marketing, Curatorial, and Collections departments of the Museum. Available positions are listed on the UVM Student Job Board accessible through the Student Employment Office website.

Any questions? Contact Phil Morin (email link), Guest Services Coordinator

Internship Opportunities

A UVM student examines textiles in the Museum's storage area

Internships at the Fleming Museum of Art offers an exciting opportunity for those interested in a career in museums or the arts to gain crucial professional experience at one of Vermont’s premier museums of arts and culture. Students may work in the Museum’s collections management, education, or curatorial departments, depending on availability. Internships are offered in both the fall and spring semester, as well as the summer. Visit "Handshake" which is accessible from the Career Services web site for a complete listing of available internships, deadlines and how to apply.

Any questions? Email fleming@uvm.edu

Guidelines for Visiting the Museum

  • Photography in the Museum is not permitted, except by prior written permission.
  • Only pencils may be used in the galleries; pens and other writing or art materials are not allowed.
  • Leave backpacks, large bags, and umbrellas in the coatroom before entering the Museum.
  • Do not bring food or drink into the galleries.
  • Do not touch the art.
  • Turn off your cell phones.
  • Respect any suggestions student gallery attendants may make to ensure the safety of the objects on display.