Aboriginal artist Vernon Ah Kee will visit the University of Virginia for an artist residency April 4 – 12. Ill-like, an exhibition of his drawings and textual works, is on view at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection through May 10. Ah Kee’s textual works can also be viewed at Brooks Hall Commons and at the International Residence College on UVa Grounds.
Ah Kee’s residency will include an Artist Talk on April 5, a guided tour of ill-like on April 7, and a public reception with the artist on April 12. In addition Ah Kee will be guest lecturing to several courses at U.Va. for the departments of art, architecture, drama and film.
Vernon Ah Kee was born in Innisfail, Queensland in 1967 and is a member of the Kuku Yalandji, Waanyi, Yidinjii and Gugu Timithirr peoples. He holds two Bachelor of Visual Arts degrees and a Doctorate of Visual Arts from the Queensland College of Art. His work has been exhibited widely in Australia and internationally, and he represented Australia at the 2009 Venice Biennale. In 2009 the Institute of Modern Art published borninthisskin, the first major publication devoted to Ah Kee’s practice. His work is held in esteemed public collections including the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney) and the National Gallery of Canada (Ottowa).