Visiting Fellow Raymond Bulambula guides a UVA art student in making a "Marratjirri" Morning Star Pole.

Fayerweather Hall, McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

Faculty Fellows Info Session & Lunch

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
12:00pm | Fayerweather Lounge

Faculty Fellows Program


Info Session & Lunch

Wednesday, December 13, 12pm | Fayerweather Hall Lounge


RSVP to Amanda Wagstaff,

We are now accepting proposals for 2018-19 Mellon Indigenous Arts Faculty Fellows! Join our program staff and current fellows for lunch and learn more about the Mellon Indigenous Arts Faculty Fellows Program.

Museum Internship Application Prep

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
5:30pm | Fayerweather Lounge

Craft Your Résumé - Prepare for Interviews

Wednesday, November 15, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Fayerweather Hall Lounge (Room 102)
Dinner to follow. 

University and museum staff will be on hand to personally advise you on résumés, cover letters, and interviews. Registration required. 

  1. Register via Handshake
  2. Bring a draft of your résumé with you!

Storytelling Under the Stars with NASU

Saturday, November 4, 2017
9pm | McCormick Observatory


November is National Native American Heritage month! 

Join University Programs Council and the Native American Student Union for a night of stargazing and storytelling with Astronomy Department Professor Edward Murphy! Let's pay tribute to the rich traditions and culture of Native Americans by learning more about how the stars shaped their customs. 

Hot cocoa and cider will be provided so be sure to grab a friend - and a warm blanket - and enjoy an enlightening night under the stars! All members of the Charlottesville and UVA community are welcome to come!

UPC is committed to accommodating the diverse needs of the student body. If you or someone you know requires an accommodation to fully access this program/event, please contact Kendall Gibson (kcg3db). For accommodations that may take longer to arrange, please notify us of the request as soon as possible.

Museum Career Panel

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
5:30pm | Fayerweather Lounge

Museum Career Panel

Career Exploration Info Session

Wednesday, November 1, 5:30-7:00pm

Fayerweather Hall Lounge, Room 102

Followed by dinner from Mellow Mushroom!


Open to UVA undergraduate students from all fields of study who are interested in careers in museums or the arts.

  • Meet representatives from major American museums including MoMA, The Getty, Sotheby's, and more
  • Get advice on securing internships and beginning you museum career

RSVP via Handshake:

Questions? Contact Eric Ramirez-Weaver,

This Career Exploration Series is supported by the Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative, the McIntire Department of Art, and Career Services at UVA. 

Symposium: Indigenous Perspectives on Monuments

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
5:30pm | Brooks Hall Commons


In this "Monumental Meanings" symposium, scholars and artists from various fields and interests will discuss their perspectives on monuments and memorials that include, reference, feature or honor Indigenous people. No reservations are needed. Parking is available on the Corner or at Central Grounds Garage.

Directions to Brooks Hall Commons.


Karenne Wood, member of Monacan Indian Nation and director of Virginia Indian Programs at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She has worked at the National Museum of the American Indian as a researcher and at the Association on American Indian Affairs as a repatriation specialist.

Julie Gough, Indigenous Tasmanian artist whose work is held in major public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia. Her work explores the lack of monuments and interpretation to Indigenous Tasmanians who were massacred during invasion. Her art practice raises awareness about these histories and various forms of ‘national amnesia’ in Australia.

Jeffrey Hantman, Professor of Anthropology at UVA. He partnered with Wood (above) to rewrite state signage referencing native Virginians. His recent research engages in the practices of Indigenous and collaborative archaeology, framing new questions of the archaeological record that are rooted in native concepts of power, landscape, history and hierarchy. 

Benaiah Walters, UVA student and Vice President of the Native American Student Union (NASU). After August 11 and 12, NASU students held a purification ceremony at the Jefferson Statue on the Lawn and he will speak from a student perspective about the two statues in Charlottesville featuring Indigenous people.


Kasey Keeler, Native American Studies Postdoctoral Fellow, American Studies Program at UVA. Her research is largely informed by place making, public memory and public history. In particular her work demonstrates the continuous residency of American Indian people in suburbs, disrupting narratives of suburbs as primarily white places that developed from the post-WWII housing boom.

Artist Talk: Julie Gough

Thursday, November 16, 2017
5:30pm | Kluge-Ruhe

 Indigenous Tasmanian artist Julie Gough, whose artwork explores the absence of memorials to the histories of genocide and massacre that occurred on her native land in Tasmania, will explore this topic in Charlottesville when she visits for a residency in October. An installation of her artwork titled Hunting Ground is currently on view at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection.

For the last several years, Charlottesville has been the national hotbed of debate about the relevance of memorials to the past and their role in the future of our community. Julie Gough, a leading Indigenous Australian artist whose work is in major public and private collections in Australia, has been raising awareness about this issue in Tasmania using prints and video installation works.

For Hunting Ground, Gough did extensive research into how Tasmania went from plentiful hunting grounds for Indigenous people to a land where those same people were hunted down when it was invaded and colonized by the British in the 19th century. After researching the massacres that took place, only some of which are known and documented, Gough created her own memorials to those dark events and posted them where they occurred, re-inscribing the land with an almost forgotten history. 

While these events happened more than a hundred years ago in Tasmania, Gough is interested in how, if and why they are remembered, and from whose perspective. As Charlottesville begins to heal from the recent domestic terrorist attack by white nationalists and the ongoing controversy around Confederate statues, this exhibition is particularly relevant to an American audience. In addition to providing an international parallel to recent events, the exhibition and Gough’s residency will provide a perspective from many years following such tragic histories: What purpose do memorials serve? How do we process trauma and move into the future without forgetting? How is memory preserved at the physical sites where events occurred? Who is telling the story and what motivations do they have?

Gough looks at the landscape with an archaeological lens, where histories layer on top of one another, hiding the layers beneath. She is also interested in how histories of violence and oppression toward Native American people in Charlottesville and surrounding areas have been covered by the legacies of slavery, and what can be done to uncover them.

Julie Gough will visit Charlottesville for an artist residency October 26 – November 20. She will give a gallery talk of Hunting Ground on Saturday, November 4 at 10:30 am and present her work in an artist talk on Thursday, November 16 at 5:30 pm, followed by a reception from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. She will guest lecture to various courses at UVA.


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