Past News at Kluge-Ruhe

Kluge-Ruhe Advisory Council Meets at Morven • Thursday October 14, 2010

The inaugural meeting of the Kluge-Ruhe Advisory Council took place at Morven October 7 – 9, 2010. Advisors came from Adelaide, Canberra, Seattle, New York and Washington DC to discuss Kluge-Ruhe’s current programs and develop strategies to reach long-term goals. The advisors in attendance were Brenda Croft, Robert Kaplan, Tussi Kluge (Chair), Margaret Levi, Howard Morphy, Terry Snowball, Barbara Wilkerson and John Wilkerson. Brendan Wall, Director of Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Australia, attended on behalf of Ambassador Kim Beazley. Singer and artist Tony Bennett, who also serves on the Advisory Council, was unable to attend this meeting.

Through two days of meetings advisors heard from UVa’s President Teresa A. Sullivan and Vice Provost of the Arts Beth Turner about the University’s future plans for expanding the UVA Art Museum, with a dedicated gallery for the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. Plans for art storage and conservation labs were also discussed.

Kluge-Ruhe Director Margo Smith presented the history of the Collection and a number of new projects on the horizon. She also discussed the museum’s mission and strategic planning process. Associate Curator Dominique Cocuzza presented two projects to re-house large acrylic paintings and bark paintings in the Collection. Director of Development for Museums Anna von Gehr spoke with members about fundraising priorities and evolving partnerships between the two museums.

The Advisory Council toured UVa Art Museum, an offsite art storage facility, and the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. They met Kluge-Ruhe docents and interns as well as UVa students studying Aboriginal art at a reception at Kluge-Ruhe.

Advisors will meet annually and will continue to work as advocates for the Kluge-Ruhe Collection between meetings.