Past News at Kluge-Ruhe

Judy Watson at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection • Wednesday September 28, 2011

Judy Watson, one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, is spending a week in Charlottesville as an artist-in-residence at UVa, Her first major suite of etchings, titled heron island suite, is on view at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection through December 18. A satellite exhibition of the prints can be seen at the Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library at UVa through August 2012.

During her residency, Watson will work with UVa studio art students on a print project creating a new body of work inspired by the exhibition Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village: The Creation of an Architectural Masterpiece which Watson saw during her 2009 visit to UVa.

In addition, she will discuss her work over the past twenty years in an Artist Talk on October 4 at 5:30 pm in UVa’s Campbell Hall 153. This event is open to the public with free parking available at the Culbreth parking garage.

Watson will also participate in a seminar in the Department of Environmental Sciences on October 6 with UVa Art Professor Megan Marlatt titled On Observation: Artists in the Natural Laboratory. This event begins at 3:30 pm in UVa’s Clark Hall, room 108, followed by a reception at the Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library.

Judy Watson was born in Mundubbera, Queensland in 1959. Her grandmother was from the Waanyi, or “running water,” people of northwest Queensland. She has represented Australia at the Venice Biennale and designed two pieces to be incorporated into the architecture of the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris in 2006. In 2007, she was part of the National Indigenous Art Triennial Culture Warriors, which was exhibited at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D.C. in 2009. Most recently she has participated in several public art projects, including an artwork installed along the side of the Queensland Rail Tilt Train that travels between Brisbane and Cairns. Her work is held by significant private and public collections, including the Queensland Art Gallery, Parliament House Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia.

Image: Judy Watson, heron island suite #1, 2009