Staff of the Kluge-Ruhe Collection

Margo Smith AM, director


Margaret Smith

Margo Smith AM (PhD, MA UVA, BA Willam & Mary) is the director and curator of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia. She has a PhD in Anthropology from U.Va. and conducted fieldwork in central Australia from 1991-1993. She co-edited Art From the Land: Dialogues with the Kluge-Ruhe Collection of Australian Aboriginal Art with Dr. Howard Morphy published by the University of Virginia in 1999. Smith has worked with the Collection since 1995 and has taught various courses on Aboriginal art at U.Va. since 2003. In 2015 she was appointed an Honorary Member of the Order of Australia, one of Australia’s highest accolades. Full CV


Henry Skerritt, curator of the indigenous arts of australia


Henry Skerritt

Henry Skerritt (PHD, UPitt, MA UPitt, MA UMelbourne, BA UWA) is an art historian, curator and songwriter hailing from Perth in Western Australia. He curates exhibitions of Aboriginal art, leads research and teaching initiatives at UVA using the collection’s holdings, and will develop a new residency program for visiting Australian scholars, artists and curators. In 2015, he edited the book No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting published by Prestel Publishing and the Nevada Museum of Art, and was a consulting curator on the touring exhibition of the same name. Skerritt has written extensively on Aboriginal art and culture, including contributions to the publications Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art in Australia (Harvard Art Museums, 2016); Ngarra: The Texta Drawings(Mossenson Art Foundation, 2015); Double Desire: Transculturation and Indigenous Contemporary Art (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014); Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art (Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2012); and Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture (Object: Australian Centre for Contemporary Craft and Design, 2009).


Nicole Wade, collections manager and registrar


Nicole Wade

Nicole Wade (MA UNM, BA UVa) holds a BA in Anthropology from UVa, a MA in Archeaology from the University of New Mexico, and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Collection Management and Care from George Washington University. In addition to her comprehensive background in collections management and conservation, Wade brings significant experience working with American Indian communities. Previously she was Assistant Registrar at the Fralin Museum of Art.


Lauren Maupin, office administrator / education and program coordinator


Lauren Maupin

Lauren Maupin (MA UCL, BA Messiah College) provides educational, programmatic, administrative, and fiscal support to the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. She has an MA in the History of Art from University College London, and brings work experience from a number of art galleries internationally, several art historians, and an independent curator. She also teaches an introductory art history course at Piedmont Virginia Community College.


Fenella Belle, museum educator


Fenella Belle

Fenella Belle (BFA UArts, MFA SAIC) provides museum education expertise and support to the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. She has an MFA in Fibers from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and has extensive experience in creating exhibitions and classes for children and adults in museum and academic environments. A practicing artist at McGuffey Art Center, she also currently teaches a variety of studio art classes at Piedmont Virginia Community College and workshops at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.