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

Visiting Scholar: Jeremy A. Sabloff

Monday, March 27, 2017

"Beyond Ancient Maya Temples, Palaces, and Tombs: How Maya Archaeologists Discovered the 99% Through the Study of Pre-Columbian Settlement Patterns"

Lecture by Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Jeremy A. Sabloff

5 p.m. - Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library auditorium

Reception to Follow

Current scholarly understandings of Pre-Columbian Maya civilization are quite different from the traditional model of ancient Maya civilization that dominated the field of Maya studies until recently and still dominates public perception of the ancient Maya. In part, this new view is due to both the significant increase in archaeological studies in the Maya area in the past few decades and the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic texts, which have provided new insights into Maya history. However, much of the change is due to the introduction and rapid spread of settlement pattern studies more than a half a century ago. This lecture examines the major impact of the methodology of settlement pattern research on Maya archaeology and how such studies have moved archaeological studies away from their concentration on the ruling elites to a broader, more realistic approach that looks at elites and commoners alike.

Jeremy Sabloff is Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, and former director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum (1994-2004). An archaeologist, he recently retired as president of the Santa Fe Institute, where he continues as a member of the external faculty. He has written or edited 21 books and monographs on ancient Maya civilization, the rise of complex societies and cities, the history of archaeology, and the relevance of archaeology in the modern world. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Society of Antiquaries (London). The Society for American Archaeology honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award, and he is a recipient of the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal.

Fellows Selected to Develop Indigenous Arts Courses

The Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative has awarded fellowships to three Arts & Sciences faculty members for the 2017-18 academic year as part of an effort to establish UVA as a research center of excellence for the study of the Indigenous arts. The new Mellon Arts Fellows are:

  • Matthew Burtner, Professor and Chair, McIntire Department of Music
  • S. Max Edelson, Associate Professor of History, Corcoran Department of History

  • Douglas Fordham, Associate Professor of Art History, McIntire Department of Art

Janet Fieldhouse: Artist-in-Residence at Kluge-Ruhe

Sunday, April 9, 2017

'Body Ornaments' by Janet Fieldhouse - Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection

From March 10 to April 9, 2017, Janet Fieldhouse will visit Charlottesville as an artist-in-residence at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. While here, she will develop ideas for new bodies of work, teach sculpture classes at UVA, give tours of the exhibition and present an artist talk at the museum, and provide a workshop at Piedmont Virginia Community College. 

Read more about the artist and exhibition here


IHGC - Mellon Fellows Symposium

Friday, February 10, 2017

Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures presents the Mellon Fellows Symposium

9.30am - 1.30pm
142 Wilson Hall
University of Virginia

Symosium Schedule

9:30 am - 10:15 am
Hanadi Al-Samman, Associate Professor, Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures
"Queering the Arab Closet"


10:15 am - 11:00 am
Jack Chen, Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
"Towards a Literary History of Information in Traditional China"


11:00 am - 11:45 am
Camilla Fojas, Associate Professor, Department of Media Studies
"Techno-Domestics, Telecommunications, and Surveillance across the American Pacific"


11:45 am - 12:30 pm 
Mary Kuhn, Assistant Professor, Department of English
"'The vulgar short leaved pine': Forest Industries and the U.S. Literary Landscape in the Late-19th Century"


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Info Session - Museum Internship Grants

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

3-4 pm - Multicultural Student Center, Lower Level, Newcomb Hall

Join Mellon Indigneous Arts Program Coordinator Amanda Wagstaff to find out more about Mellon Museum Internship Grants - $3500 grants to support UVA students who secure unpaid internships at museums, historic sites, or archives.  

Who is eligible? 

  • Rising second, third, and fourth year students in all fields of study
  • Students in good academic standing (3.0+ GPA)
  • Students who identify at African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaska Native, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or students with disabilities. 


Curatorial Lab @ UVA

The Curatorial Lab @ UVA is a new object-based experiential learning initiative at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. Under the guidance of Mellon Indigenous Arts Curator, Henry Skerritt, students from the art history and anthropology departments have been invited to curate an exhibition from the world-class collections at Kluge-Ruhe.

Richmond to host American Indian Film Festival - and Francis Ford Coppola might attend

Richmond Times Dispatch

The city is already rich in film festivals, and Richmond will soon be adding more to its repertoire by boasting some of the best of Native American cinema .

Organizers of the first American Indian Film Festival of Virginia, set for Nov. 17-19 at the Byrd Theatre, are aiming to make their inaugural event the biggest of its kind on the East Coast. They’re hoping to create a forum for telling stories of cultural affirmation, resistance and survival of Native Americans in the commonwealth and beyond.

Sneak Preview: American Indian Film Festival of Virginia

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221, USA

The schedule for the Feb. 5 sneak preview of the American Indian Film Festival of Virginia:

1 PM - Doors open

1:15 PM - George Aguilar presents a "Master Class: Acting Experiences from Both Sides of the Atlantic, a Native American Perspective"

2 PM - Chris Eyre presents "Smoke Signals"

4 PM - Georgina Lightning presents "Older Than America"

In addition to the screenings and presentations from these three talented filmmakers and actors, there will be dancing, music, and celebration from representatives from Virginia Indian tribes!


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