University Students

Student Membership

Kluge-Ruhe Collection interns elaborate on their observations to an Advisory Council member.
The Kluge-Ruhe Collection offers free membership to U.Va. students. Benefits of membership include:

• Advance notice of upcoming lectures, trips and other programs
• Invitations to members-only exhibition previews
• Exclusive opportunities to meet visiting artists and scholars
• A 10% discount in the Kluge-Ruhe gift shop
• Discounts on film screenings and other special events

To become a student member of the Kluge-Ruhe Collection, contact the Kluge-Ruhe Collection or call 434-244-0234.

Courses at the University

Since 2003, the Kluge-Ruhe Collection has partnered with the Department of Anthropology, the McIntire Department of Art and Global Development Studies to offer unique courses on Australian Aboriginal art and culture.

Australian Aboriginal Art and Culture

Taught by the Kluge-Ruhe Collection’s director and curator, Margo Smith, this undergraduate course explores the intersection of anthropology, art and material culture in Australian Aboriginal art. The course examines how Aboriginal art has moved from relative obscurity to global recognition over the past fifty years. Topics include the historical and cultural contexts of invention, production, marketing and appropriation of Aboriginal art. Students conduct research using the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection and Study Center.

University Museums Internship (ARTH/GDS 4951-4952)

The University of Virginia Art Museum, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, the Department of Art History, and the program in Global Development Studies offer University undergraduates this two-semester, six-credit internship course. This course combines a museum internship (eight to ten hours per week) and an academic curriculum drawn from art history, anthropology, and museum studies. Six to eight students per year are accepted into the program. Students apply for entrance into the course during the Spring pre-registration period.


Please visit our Internships page.

Programs for U.Va. Classes and Student Organizations

Aboriginal artist Judy Watson develops a new body of work with U.Va. printmaking students.
The Kluge-Ruhe Collection frequently provides scheduled, guided tours to courses in a variety of academic departments and disciplines. Tours are also available for U.Va. student organizations like residence colleges, student unions, fraternities, sororities, associations, and alliances.

Our artist residency program affords the opportunity for Aboriginal artists to teach or guest lecture as part of a course. In 2011, Tasmanian photographer Ricky Maynard guest-lectured in several photography classes and Judy Watson produced a new body of work in collaboration with printmaking students. Check out what other artists have done while in residence at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection at our special projects page.

For more information on these offerings, please contact the Kluge-Ruhe Collection or call 434-244-0234.

Student Docents

Students can become docents at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. This requires preparatory reading on Aboriginal art, the development of a tour of the current exhibitions, and the presentation of this tour twice during each semester. For more information on becoming a student docent, click here or contact the Kluge-Ruhe Collection.