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

"Mantle" Groundbreaking Celebration

Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Richmond VA


10:00-11:00am | Capitol Square, Richmond, VA

The Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission and the Virginia Capitol Foundation will host the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Virginia Indian Tribute. This monument, entitled Mantle, recognizes the lasting legacy and significance of American Indians in the Commonwealth.

The featured speaker at the groundbreaking is Billy Mills, member of the Oglala Lakota (Souix) tribe and the Olympic gold medal winner of the 10,000 meter run in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The Groundbreaking Ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 24 in Capitol Square, located at 1000 Bank Street in Richmond, VA.

The public is invited to join in the groundbreaking ceremony. To RSVP or for more information please call 804-308-2583 or email info@monumentalconsultingllc.comRain or shine.

For more information about the proposed monument, visit the Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission website:


Opening Reception: Songs of a Secret Country

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Kluge-Ruhe | 5-9pm

This exhibition comprises contemporary paintings and sculpture by Indigenous Australian artists from various regions across the Australian continent, from the central desert to coastal regions and islands. Centering on the theme of “country,” the artworks sing melodies of ancestors and land, creation and power, history and memory, community and identity. In caring for and painting their ancestral terrain and home places, Aboriginal artists acknowledge the countless memories already lived and those to come.

Songs of a Secret Country was curated by five students from universities across the United States. As part of the UVA Summer Curatorial Research Program, this project trains a new generation of curators to address the pressing lack of diversity in museum practice. The artworks represented are a recent gift to the Kluge-Ruhe Collection by philanthropists Stephen and Agatha Luczo of California.

Admission is $5 for non-members and free for museum members. It is family-friendly and no reservations are needed. For more information about the museum and this event, visit or call 434-244-0234.

Artwork: Bugai Whyoulter, Wantili, 2014, Acrylic on canvas, 59 ¾” x 59 ¾” (c) the artist, courtesy Martumili Artists, Newman 

Night at the Museum

Jon Spear Band
Thursday, June 15, 2017

5:00 – 9:00 pm, band goes on at 6 pm
$5 non-members, FREE for members 

Join us for Night at the Museum, your opportunity to explore our exhibitions after hours and enjoy the best food, libations and music in Charlottesville! In June we’re featuring beer from Devil’s Backbone Brewery and a few of Charlottesville’s best food trucks. The Jon Spear Band will deliver their award-winning original blues tunes. The event also has a Kids Zone with Australian-themed children’s activities, as well as a Flat Chat Tour, a ten-minute discussion about an artwork on view by a museum staff member. And all of it happens outside at our beautiful location on Pantops, one of the best hidden spots to watch the sunset in Charlottesville.

Shelley Niro Wins $50K Scotiabank Photography Award

Indigenous artist Shelley Niro has won the seventh annual Scotiabank Photography Award. This prestigious award recognizes a Canadian photographer who has made an outstanding contribution to contemporary art and photography. In addition to the $50,000 cash prize, the award includes a solo exhibition at the 2018 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival and a book of the artists work published by Steidl of Germany. 

Shelley Niro will also be visiting the University of Virginia in Fall 2017 as a Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative artist-in-residence. 

Archaeology Brown Bag: Davide Domenici

Friday, April 28, 2017
Brooks Hall Conference Room

Time: 4:00 - 5:15 pm

Recent Archaeological Research in Cahokia's West Plaza

Davide Domenici

Department of History and Cultures (Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà)

University of Bologna

Abstract This talk presents the results of a recent archaeological project, organized jointly by the University of Bologna (Italy) and Washington University in St. Louis, located in the so-called Merrell Tract. The tract is an area within one of the four plazas which defined the epicenter of the Mississippian city of Cahokia, in Illinois. The excavation, expanding an area investigated in 1960 during a salvage archeological project, brought to light evidence of human occupation dating from pre-Cahokian, Emergent Mississippian times (10th century AD) to the Late Mississippian Moorehead and Sand Prairie phases (14th century), thus spanning the entire Cahokian sequence. The recovered evidence witnesses changing settlement dynamics that reflect the whole trajectory of Cahokia's history, from its birth to ultimate demise.

Light refreshments will be provided!



Thursday, May 4, 2017
Wilson 142

Time: 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Please join us on Thursday, May 4, from 2:30-4 pm in Wilson 142 for a roundtable discussion with Professor Davide Domenici (Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà/Department of History, Culture, and Civilization, University of Bologna).

As part of Professor Domenici's week-long visit to UVa, sponsored by the Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures, we'll discuss "Material Indians: Early Modern Circulation of Ethnographica and the Construction of the Indies as a Global Category."

For more information, please contact professors Allison Bigelow and Ricardo Padrón.


Thursday, April 27, 2017
Alderman 317

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

On Thursday, April 27, Professor Davide Domenici (University of Bologna) will speak with undergraduate and graduate students in Latin American Digital Humanities (SPAN 7559/4993) and Indigenous North American Arts (ARTH 3595, Arts Practicum). Please join us in Alderman 317 from 11-12:15 pm to learn about new research into the Mesoamerican writing systems, spiritualities, and color symbolism.

For more information, please contact professors Allison Bigelow (SIP) and Adriana Greci Green (Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative).

Professor Domenici's visit is generously sponsored by UVa's Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures.




Hear My Voice: Native American Art from the Past and Present

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Based on the notion of dialogue, Hear My VoiceNative American Art of the Past and Present explores conversations between Native American artists and their art across centuries, a continent, and 35 indigenous cultures. A total of 56 works illustrate the ways in which Native American art speaks of a shared knowledge and shared history while also being incredibly diverse in subject matter and medium. Organized into three themes, or types of dialogue, the exhibition explores how Native American artists relate to the natural world, their community, and the outside world and how those relationships affect their identity and work.

Hear My Voice: Native American Art of the Past and Present is curated by Dr. Johanna Minich, Consulting Curator of Native American Art. Works in the exhibition are drawn from the museum’s collection as well as loans from other institutions and individuals. Hear My Voice is a statewide exhibition and will travel to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester and the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke in 2018. The statewide tour is generously sponsored by Mareke and Heinz Schiller.

Exhibition Dates: August 19 - November 26, 2017

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