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

Australia: Defending The Ocean

Lecture & Reception
Friday, August 25, 2017
4pm | Brown Library, Clark Hall

On Friday, August 25, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection will hold a lecture and reception to open an exhibition titled Australia: Defending the Ocean at the Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library.

The exhibition, which has been installed in the Library’s reading room, highlights the ecological disaster created by abandoned and discarded fishing nets off the coast of northeastern Australia. 

Professor Stephen Macko from UVA’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Kluge-Ruhe director Margo Smith will discuss the exhibition from two different perspectives. The lecture will be followed by a Final Fridays reception with refreshments concluding at 7 pm.

Brown Library is located in Clark Hall, 291 McCormick Road, on UVA’s central Grounds. 

Artist Panel: Hear My Voice

Friday, October 13, 2017
6:30pm | VMFA

Hear My Voice Artist Panel

with Molly Murphy Adams, Jeremy Frey, and Virgil Ortiz

in conversation with Dr. Johanna Minich, Exhibition Curator and Consulting Curator for the Native American Collection, VMFA

Fri, Oct 13, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm 

Leslie Cheek Theater

This conversation will feature three artists whose work is in the exhibition Hear My Voice: Native American Art Past and Present. Topics for discussion will include what these contemporary Native artists see as their role in society today with special consideration of Native communities, and how these artists merge traditional and contemporary ideas and techniques. Time will be included for questions from the audience.


VMFA Lecture: Hear My Voice

Thursday, September 7, 2017
VMFA | 6:30pm

Continuing the Conversation: A Guide to Hear My Voice

Thursday, Sep 7 6:30–7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

With Dr. Johanna Minich, Assistant Curator of Native American Art

Curator Johanna Minich will discuss the original concept and implementation of the special exhibition, Hear My Voice: Native American Art of the Past and Present. Based on the notion of dialogue, the exhibition explores conversations between Native American artists and their art across centuries, a continent, and 35 indigenous cultures. Dr. Minich will introduce the major themes and highlight featured works in the exhibition.


Artist Talk: Shelley Niro

Thursday, September 28, 2017
6:00pm | Campbell Hall 153

Shelley Niro (Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Kanien’kehaka Mohawk Nation) is a multimedia artist whose iconic visual narratives incorporate photography, painting, sculpture, poetry, film, and beadwork to disrupt stereotypical representations of Native people as "vanishing," to address the objectification of Native women, to explore the family and community connections between ancestral traditions and contemporary realities of indigenous lived experiences, and to honor, reflect upon and critique historical and contemporary treaty, sovereignty, and land issues. She recently received two prestigious Canadian art awards, the 2017 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and the Scotiabank Photography Award.

Niro is visiting UVA as a Mellon Indigenous Artist in Residence along with artist ElizaBeth Hill (Mohawk).


Film Screening: Kissed by Lightning

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
5:30pm | Newcomb Hall Theatre

The Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative presents the film "Kissed by Lighting" by celebrated Mohawk filmmaker and artist Shelley Niro. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Niro and musician ElizaBeth Hill, whose music is featured in the film. Karenne Wood, director of Virginia Indian Programs at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, will moderate the Q&A. This event is concurrent with Niro's and Hill's residency at UVA as Mellon Indigenous Arts Visiting Fellows. 

Sponsored by Arts Enhancement Fund for 2017-2018 from the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts

View the movie trailer here:

Lecture: Alessandro Questa

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
5:30pm | OpenGrounds

Alessandro Questa, Mellon Indigenous Arts Fellow and UVA Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology, presents his research with Masewal indigenous farmers in central Mexico in relation to a series of 17th century indigenous manuscripts that have been preserved in a church there. Questa states, "The documents in question are an extraordinary sample of historic indigenous visual art, documentation and conceptualization of their territory. My research now is devoted to understanding what these documents mean for Masewal people today."

Join us at Open Grounds for a presentation and light refreshments provided by Feast!


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