Raymond Bulambula

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

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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

Gallery Tour of The Inside World with the Curator and visiting Aboriginal artists

Saturday, January 25, 2020
2:00 PM, Fralin Museum of Art/ 155 Rugby Road

Visiting Artists Gabriel Maralngurra and Joe Guymala and curator Henry Skerritt will provide this special tour of The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles at The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA. The Inside World presents 112 memorial poles by 55 artists from remote Aboriginal communities in the tropical northern region of Australia known as Arnhem Land. Traditionally, these poles—known as lorrkkon, ḏupun, or ḻarrakitj—were used to house the bones of the deceased. Today, these poles are made as works of art, and artists included in the exhibition are some of the most respected contemporary artists working in Australia today. Read more about this exhibition, which opens January 24, 2020 and runs until May 24.

Artists Gabriel Maralngurra and Joe Guymala will also be present at The Fralin's First Fridays Reception on January 31, 5:30-7:30 pm. 

Special Tour of With Her Hands led by Louise Hamby

Saturday, January 25, 2020
10:30 am, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection/ 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville

Visit Kluge-Ruhe for a special tour of the exhibit With Her Hands: Women’s Fiber Art From Gapuwiyak, The Louise Hamby Gift with the collector and donor, Louise Hamby. Hamby is one of the world’s leading authorities on Aboriginal fiber art and her gift of 100 objects transforms the  Kluge-Ruhe Collection into a global center for the study of the important but understudied field of contemporary Aboriginal women’s fiber art.

Preview Reception: By the Strength of their Skin

Friday, January 24, 2020
5:30-7:30 pm, Second Street Gallery/ 115 2nd St SE, Charlottesville

Second Street Gallery is pleased to present By The Strength Of Their Skin, an exhibition featuring three senior and highly regarded female Aboriginal artists, Noŋgirrŋa Marawili, Mabel Juli, and Regina Pilawuk Wilson. Click here for more details about the exhibition, which runs from January 24 to March 20. Attend a special preview reception on Friday, January 24th from 5:30-7:30pm. The First Friday opening reception will be held on February 7 from 5:30-7:30pm. On Thursday, March 12, 6-7:30 pm Second Street will hold a free workshop: Bark/Skin: Painting with Natural Pigments Workshop. All are welcome.

The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles opens Jan 24

"CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Fralin Museum of Art and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection are partnering to present The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles.

The Inside World, on view at the Fralin Jan. 24-May 24, 2020, presents 112 memorial poles by 55 artists from remote Aboriginal communities in the tropical northern region of Australia known as Arnhem Land."

Reception at Kluge-Ruhe with Visiting Artists Barbara Moore and Sharon Adamson

Meet Visiting Artists Barbara Moore and Sharon Adamson at a reception at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, Thursday Nov 14, 5:30-7:30 PM

Barbara Moore and Sharon Adamson are visiting artists at Kluge-Ruhe November 4-16. Their residency coincides with an exhibition of their work, Ngayulu Nguraku Ninti | The Country I Know. The bold, large-scale paintings currently on view at Kluge-Ruhe represent the artists’ traditional homelands and are a rich and colorful expression of their relationship to it.

Artist Talk by Cara Romero, Mellon Indigenous Arts Visiting Fellow

We are delighted to host Cara Romero as a Mellon Indigenous Arts Visiting Fellow, November 18-22, 2019. Romero is an award-winning artist who utilizes techniques learned in film, digital, fine art, and commercial photography to produce powerful visual imagery that serves both as social commentary and to bring focus on Indigenous female perspectives. She painstakingly constructs narrative scenes that use pop cultural references to visually critique common stereotypes of Native women and to tell contemporary stories of Native identity. 

Artist Talk: D.Y. Begay

Mellon Indigenous Arts Visiting Fellow
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
6:30PM, Campbell Hall room 153

D.Y. Begay with her tapestry Confluence of Lavender  © Kelso Meyer 2016

Event is free and open to the public, no reservation required. A reception will follow the talk.

D.Y. Begay, a Navajo born to the Totsohni’ (Big Water) Clan and born for the Tachinii’ (Red Running into Earth) Clan, is a fourth-generation weaver. Growing up around female weavers, she was exposed to herding and shearing sheep, carding and spinning wool, harvesting plants for dyeing, and learning to weave in the traditional Navajo fashion. Begay’s tapestries encompass her interpretation of the natural beauty and descriptive colors of the Navajo reservation, reflecting on her Navajo identity and her family’s weaving tradition. This spiritual connection to the plants yields the natural colors that are transformed into evocative land formations on her loom. Her current work combines mastery of this tradition with unconventional uses of colors and design, producing experiments with non-reservation color combinations in her weavings.  

Begay is a 2018 United States Artists Fellow and is a recipient of the Native American Art Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2013).  In 2018 the Museum of Northern Arizona organized Tselani/Terrain: Tapestries of D.Y. Begay, a focused retrospective of her work.  Begay’s tapestries have been exhibited in and collected by major museums, including the National Museum of the American Indian, New York City; Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, NM; Kennedy Museum of Art, Athens, OH; C.N. Gorman Museum, Davis, CA; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; Mesa Art Center, Mesa, AZ; National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland; and the Heard Museum. Her work traveled in the Arts in Embassies program in 2006 and 2010.  Her latest work, a wintry landscape of northeastern Minnesota commissioned by the Minneapolis Institute of Art, is presently on tour in the acclaimed exhibition Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists.  

With Her Hands: Women’s Fiber Art from Gapuwiyak to open at Kluge-Ruhe July 18

On July 18 from 5 – 9 pm, The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA will open its new exhibition With Her Hands: Women’s Fiber Art from Gapuwiyak: The Louise Hamby Gift, curated by six undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds. The exhibition features baskets, dilly bags, mats, sculptures and necklaces selected from a gift of 100 fiber artworks recently donated to Kluge-Ruhe by anthropologist Dr.


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