Aboriginal artist Vernon Ah Kee (Kuku Yalanji, Waanyi, Yidinji, Gugu Yimithirr) visited the University of Virginia as an artist-in-residence in coordination with the exhibition of his work ill-like. He delivered an Artist Talk on UVA Grounds and engaged with the public community at a reception at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. In addition, he guest lectured at two Figure Drawing courses and an Advance Filmmaking course, and critiqued over thirty students’ work in an Introduction to Drawing course at UVA. He also presented his work at an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) course on contemporary Aboriginal art. Ah Kee produced a new drawing in one of his Figure Drawing classes, which he donated to the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. Preceding and during Ah Kee’s residency, large textual works were installed by UVA students in three locations on UVA Grounds: the International Residence College, Brooks Hall Commons, and the first floor of Newcomb Hall.
Presented in partnership with Milani Gallery in Brisbane, Queensland and supported by the Queensland Government through its Indigenous Arts Marketing and Export Agency, QIAMEA.