Visiting Fellows

The goal of the Visiting Fellows Program is to support short-term residencies, ranging from two to six weeks, that would bring to the University international leaders in the Indigenous Arts of Australia and the Americas. As curators, artists, collections managers, conservators, researchers, or indigenous and native knowledge holders, these Fellows would bring new perspectives into our classrooms and museums, The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection and the Fralin Museum of Art.

The Kluge-Ruhe is one of the world’s most important collections of Aboriginal Australian art, and the only institution in the U.S. dedicated to the research and presentation of Aboriginal Australian art. The Fralin Museum of Art maintains a collection of nearly 14,000 objects in support of its educational mission.  While the museum has major holdings in Asian, European and American painting, sculpture, and works on paper, the museum also has robust collections of Native American, African, pre-Columbian, and Oceanic art, which often receive less attention.

During their residencies, Fellows would co-teach brief courses, enhance knowledge of the museums’ collections, work with curators and students to develop new exhibitions, and participate in symposia or other public events.

Visiting Fellows are nominated on a rolling basis. If you would like to nominate someone to be a potential fellow, please contact Catherine Walden.

Photo: Artist Visesio Siasau discusses his art practice with UVA sculpture students. Photo by Henry Skerritt