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

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.

The Great Mojado Invasion

Sunday, February 17, 2019
5pm | Campbell Hall

Sunday, February 17

5pm | Campbell Hall

This one night only event features the screening of a newly remastered version of Guillermo Gómez-Peña‘s classic mockumentary,"The Great Mojado Invasion."

"La Pocha Nostra is an ever growing cross-disciplinary arts organization and non-profit based in San Francisco, California with branches in Central and South America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific.

La Pocha Nostra was founded in 1993 by Guillermo Gomez Pena, Roberto Sifuentes, Michèle Ceballos Michot and Nola Mariano in Los Angeles. The goal was to formalize conceptually Gomez-Pena's collaborations with other performance artists...

If there is a common denominator, it is our desire to cross and erase dangerous borders including those between art and politics, art practice and theory, artist and spectator - ultimately to dissolve borders and myths of purity whether they be specific to culture, ethnicity, gender or language.

Susana Baca, Afro-Peruvian Musician, in Concert

Sunday, February 17, 2019
7pm | Old Cabell Hall

Sunday, February 17
7pm | Old Cabell Hall

FREE & open to the public, but tickets required.

SUSANA BACA is a two-time winner of the coveted Latin American Grammy Award, for the Best Folk Album for Lamento Negro in 2002 and again for her participation in the Latin-American super group Los Super Seven which included Mexican stars from Los Lobos and the Brazilian legend Caetano Veloso. She introduced Afro-Peruvian music to the world. The musical legacy of the Africans who created communities along the Peruvian coast is her passion. Her whole life has been dedicated to celebrating her African heritage, keeping the irresistible rhythms of her ancestors alive. See a video of Baca performing here.

GET TICKETS The general public may pick up tickets beginning February 3. Two tickets maximum per person. (Members of the UVA Community can reserve tickets at the Box Office from now until Feb 3, but must show ID.)

Museum Trek

Friday, March 8, 2019
All Day | Richmond, VA

Museum Trek to Richmond, VA

Friday, March 8, 2019

Join the Creative Arts, Media, & Design Community on a trek to Richmond, Virginia to explore the world of museum careers! Get exposed to various roles within art, design, and history museum sites.

Sites include: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, and 1708 Gallery.

Register HERE by March 1st. Those selected must reserve their spot by March 3rd by paying a $50 deposit, which will be refunded to those who attend.

This career trek is co-sponsored by the UVA Department of Art History.

Gallery Talk & Weaving Demonstration

Artist Lily Hope (Tlingit)
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
1pm | The Fralin Museum of Art

Gallery Talk & Weaving Demonstration

Lily Hope (Tlingit)

Tuesday, Jan 22, 1-3:30pm

The Fralin Museum of Art

Lily Hope weaves Ravenstail and Chilkat textiles. Her ensemble, Little Watchman (on display in the exhibition Reflections: Native Arts Across Generations at The Fralin Museum of Art) blends the two styles. Lily is Tlingit Indian, of the Raven moiety; following her matrilineal line, she’s of her grandmother’s clan, the T’akdeintaan,  originating from the Snail House in Hoonah, Alaska. She teaches both styles of weaving in the Juneau community, in the Yukon Territory, down the coast of SE Alaska and into Washington and Oregon, and lectures on the spiritual commitments of being a weaver. 

Lily Hope is a Mellon Indigenous Arts Visiting Artist from January 22-25, 2019. 

Image:Lily Hope's Lineage Robe on her loom. It is now part of the collection of the Portland Art Museum: Lily Hope, Lineage Robe, 2017, thigh-spun merino wool, cedar bark, hand-dyed merino wool, beaver fur, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by bequest of Elizabeth Cole Butler by exchange, © Lily Hope, 2017.51.1


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