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2014: The Year in Art • Friday December 19, 2014

As the year draws to a close, we are reminded of so many wonderful programs and activities we have undertaken. Here’s a month-to-month recap of the highlights.

January: We began renovations on our new Study Center and Classroom, which opened in March.

February: Aboriginal composer and musician William Barton performed a concert of Didjeridu & Strings with Charlottesville High School Orchestra String Ensemble and played with U.Va.’s McIntire String Quartet at TEDxUVA.

March: Indigenous photographer and curator Nici Cumpston began her month-long Australia Council residency. See our short film about it here.

April: We launched Tots and Dots, our monthly early visual literacy programs for infants and toddlers, introducing young children and their caregivers to basic principles of art followed by a fun hands-on project.

May: Western Albemarle High School participated in Young Art Historians, a program teaching students to use a variety of research methods while investigating objects in the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. The results of YAH research are posted on our website and have been incorporated into exhibition text.

June: We brought Indigenous Australian photographer James Tylor to Charlottesville to attend LOOKbetween, a mentorship program for emerging and early career photographers from around the world.

July: Cameron McCarthy joined us for a celebration of NAIDOC Week with performances of didjeridu and dancing, and we conducted an Aboriginal Flag printmaking activity for all ages.

August: Lauren Maupin returned from six weeks in Australia studying the ways Australian museums educate the public about Indigenous art. Her trip took her to five states and territories and she visited Warlukurlangu Artists in Yuendumu and Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre in Yirrkala.

September: Ricardo Idagi taught students in Bill Bennett’s sculpture classes the techniques used in making dari headdresses. The students then used these techniques, which included weaving, cutting feathers and sewing, to create their own sculptural works.

October: Artist Brian Robinson visited Kluge-Ruhe and gave a talk on his print and sculptural projects. His work is part of the Saltwater Country exhibition, at the Embassy of Australia.

November: Enid Wurungmurra, Warren Gurruwiwi and Jennifer Deger attended the screening of Ringtone at the Virginia Film Festival as part of the Indigenous Film Series supported by U.Va. Arts Council. We also screened Drunktown’s Finest with Navajo filmmaker Sydney Freeland and What We Do in the Shadows, which won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.

December: We developed a program on seeing Aboriginal art mindfully and a collaborative painting project for the Darden School’s Executive Education Leadership Program.

We are especially grateful to our partners throughout the year who contributed to the success of these amazing programs and others too numerous to mention: African American Teaching Fellows, Australia Council for the Arts, Australian Government Department of Education, Charlottesville High School, City Clay, the Darden School of Business, the Embassy of Australia, the Fralin Museum of Art, the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, Harvey Art Projects USA, the International Residence College, the Kluge-Ruhe Advisory Council, LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, McGuffey Art Center, the McIntire Department of Art, the McIntire Department of Music, the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, TEDx Charlottesville, TEDx U.Va., U.Va. Arts Council, Vivien Anderson Gallery, the Virginia Film Festival, and Western Albemarle High School.

Of course, none of this would be possible without your participation and support!

We’ll be closed from December 22 – January 5 taking a much needed break. All of us at Kluge-Ruhe wish you a joyful holiday season and look forward to a new year of art in 2015!


Margo, Nicole, Lauren and Megan

PS – Your tax-deductible gift will enable us to continue providing these wonderful programs in 2015. Please make your gift today here.

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