The Kluge-Ruhe Collection is pleased to announce that it has received a $30,000 grant for its artist residency program from Australia Council for the Arts.
Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. Each year it delivers more than $160 million in funding for arts organizations and individual artists. Part of Australia Council’s mission is to build new audiences through collaborative initiatives such as this one with the University of Virginia.
The grant will enable recognized and established Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander visual artists to undertake month-long residencies at the University of Virginia from 2013 to 2015. The residencies will provide professional development for the artists, integrating them into the academic life of the university and the Charlottesville community.
Residencies typically include an exhibition at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection, a public artist talk or lecture, teaching and demonstration of work in studio art or other courses at UVa, the production of new bodies of work, and engagement with the general public through tours and receptions.
Artists will apply to Australia Council to become a resident artist at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. An assessment panel will shortlist applicants and submit them to the Kluge-Ruhe Collection for final selections.
Launched in 2011 with seed money from UVa Arts Council, the Kluge-Ruhe artist residency program has brought some of Australia’s leading artists to the University of Virginia including Judy Watson, Ricky Maynard and Vernon Ah Kee. The Australia Council grant ensures the continued success of this program, augmenting the Kluge-Ruhe Collection’s reputation as the premier location for Australian Aboriginal artists to exhibit their work in the United States.