Raymond Bulambula

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

Fayerweather Studio

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

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Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia


The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

Symposium: Oceans of Exchange

Friday, February 2, 2018

OCEANS OF EXCHANGE: Art, Indigeneity and the 21st Century Museum

Friday, February 2, 2018

10:00am - 2:30pm | Harrison/Small Auditorium

Morning Coffee Service and Lunch Included. Please RSVP.

Indigenous curators, scholars, and artists have increasingly sought to reframe the disciplines in which they work: disciplines which, for many years have maligned Indigenous practices by either exclusion or categorical confinement to the realms of ethnography, craft or “primitive” arts. This symposium brings together leading Indigenous artists, curators and scholars of the Australia-Pacific region to question the stakes and possibilities of these interventions.  How do Indigenous attitudes towards material objects offer new ways for considering the institutions that contain them? What role can museum collections play in revitalized Indigenous practices, and how can these institutions be active participants in the process of decolonization? How can these imperial containers of objects become active tools in the re-imagining of Indigenous pasts, presents and futures. 


  • Karenne Wood, Director, Virginia Indian Programs, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities


  • Julie Adams, Curator, Oceania, The British Museum
  • Christine DeLisle, Assistant Professor, Department of American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Taloi Havini, Artist, Bougainville
  • Carol McGregor, Artist, Waithaurang/Australia
  • Maia Nuku, Evelyn A. J. Hall and John A. Friede Associate Curator for Oceanic Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Visesio Siasau, Artist, Tonga


  • Henry Skerritt, Curator, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia.

This symposium is presented by the Mellon Indigenous Arts InitiativeKluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art CollectionThe Fralin Museum of ArtUVA McIntire Department of Art, UVA Department of Anthropology, and the Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures.


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, aw2pz@virginia.edu

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: https://virginia.joinhandshake.com/events/82819/share_preview

Questions? Contact Eric Ramirez-Weaver, emr6m@virginia.edu

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


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