Margo Smith, Ph.D., director & curator

EDUCATION

  • 2001 Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Virginia
  • Dissertation topic: “The Significance of Birthplace for Central Australian Aborigines in Aputula, Northern Territory.”
  • 1989 M.A. Anthropology, University of Virginia
  • 1982 B.A. Anthropology, College of William and Mary
  • Senior thesis: “Women Under Socialism in Hungary and Cuba.”

EMPLOYMENT

  • 1998-present Director and curator, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia.
  • 1995-98 Curator, Australian Aboriginal Art, Morven Estate, Charlottesville, Virginia.

PUBLICATIONS

  • 2008 Aesthete and scholar: Two complementary influences on the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. In The Makers and Making of Indigenous Australian Museum Collections, N. Peterson, L. Allen, and L. Hamby eds. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • 2006 “The enchantment of being what we are” Diversity and change in Aboriginal Art. In Dreaming Their Way, exh. cat., Washington DC: National Museum of Women in the Arts.
  • 1999 M. Smith Boles and H. Morphy (eds.) Art from the Land: Dialogues with the Kluge-Ruhe Collection of Australian Aboriginal Art. Charlottesville: University of Virginia.

EXHIBITIONS

2008

  • All Time Favorites: Best loved Works from the Kluge-Ruhe Collection, Kluge-Ruhe Collection.
  • Yuru-yururla: Women’s Painting from Yuendumu, Kluge-Ruhe Collection.

2007

  • Kin and Country in Australian Aboriginal Art, Kluge-Ruhe Collection.
  • Art/Artifact in the Kluge-Ruhe Collection, Kluge-Ruhe Collection.
  • Red Hot Ochre: Waringarri Paintings and Prints from the Kimberley, Kluge-Ruhe Collection.

2006

  • New Dreams for Old: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kluge-Ruhe Collection, University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA.
  • Radiance: Seeing the Divine in Aboriginal Art, Kluge-Ruhe Collection.
  • Ancestor Spirits in Aboriginal Art, Kluge-Ruhe Collection.

2005

  • Above & Beyond: Perspective in Aboriginal Art, Kluge-Ruhe Collection.
  • Black and White and Red Ochre, Kluge-Ruhe Collection.
  • Small Wonders: Aboriginal Art Miniatures, Kluge-Ruhe Collection.
  • Seeing the Other: The human image by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, Kluge-Ruhe Collection.

2004

  • Family Business: Kinship in Australian Aboriginal art, Kluge-Ruhe Collection.
  • Jalanguwarnu (that which belongs to the present), Carlow Insitute of Technology, Carlow, Ireland.
  • Indigenous: Selected works from the Kluge-Ruhe Collection, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA.

2003

  • Sacred Circles: The Tingari Cycle in Western desert art, Kluge-Ruhe Collection.
  • Object Lessons: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Aboriginal Art. Kluge-Ruhe Collection.

2002

  • Water Country. Kluge-Ruhe Collection.
  • The Inside Story: X-Ray Art from Western Arnhem Land. Kluge-Ruhe Collection.
  • Papunya to Kiwirrkura: Reclaiming the Western Desert Homelands in Art. Kluge-Ruhe Collection.
  • To Have and Behold: Aboriginal Art Collectors and Collections. Kluge-Ruhe Collection.

2001

  • Just Another Sunrise: Photographs of Yirrkala by Jon Rhodes. Kluge-Ruhe Collection.
  • Origin Stories: Creation Narratives in Art. Kluge-Ruhe Collection; Marsh Art Gallery, University of Richmond.
  • inSITES: Australian Aboriginal Visions of the Landscape. Department of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Virginia.

2000

  • Visionary: Watercolors by Wattie Karuwara. Kluge-Ruhe Collection.
  • The Stuff of Dreams: Objects from the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. Kluge-Ruhe Collection.
  • Gathering Place. Office of the Provost, University of Virginia.
  • Origin Stories: Creation Narratives in Art. St. Andrew’s School, Middletown, Delaware.

1999

  • Art from the Land: The Kluge-Ruhe Collection of Australian Aboriginal Art. Kluge-Ruhe Collection.
  • Bushfire! Kluge-Ruhe Collection; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
  • The “Whitegate Mob” – Paintings by Rod Moss, Kluge-Ruhe Collection.
  • Under Southern Skies: Aboriginal and Western Scientific Perspectives of the Australian Night Sky, Leander McCormick Observatory, University of Virginia.

1998

  • Untold Story: Secrecy in Australian Aboriginal Art, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression.
  • The Sacred Billabong: Aboriginal Art on Paper from Western Arnhem Land, University Union, University of Virginia.
  • Painted Places: Monumental Bark Paintings from Northeast Arnhem Land, Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia.

LECTURES

2007

  • Everything old is new again: Aboriginal art in an historic perspective, Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA, September 9.

2006

  • ‘The enchantment of being who we are’ Diversity and change in Aboriginal Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, October 12.
  • A walk through the Dreaming: Australian plants and animals in Aboriginal Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, September 17.

2005

  • Aesthete and scholar: Two complementary influences on the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the Unversity of Virginia, The Makers and making of Indigenous Australian Museum Collections, Melbourne Museum, February 9 – 11.

2002

  • Show Me the Way to Go Home: Art, Memory and the Return to Pintupi Homelands, Limits of the Past Conference, Nashville, TN, April 14.2001
  • inSITES: Australian Aboriginal Visions of the Landscape, Department of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Virginia, October 2.
  • Awake and Dreaming: Interpreting Australian Aboriginal Cosmology in Art, Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Greenville, South Carolina, October 6.
  • The Song Remains the Same: Tradition and Innovation in Aboriginal Art, Modlin Center for the Arts, University of Richmond, September 25.

2000

  • Australian Aboriginal Art, St. Andrews School, Middletown, Delaware, October 13.
  • Introduction to Australian Aboriginal Art, Boca Raton Art Museum, Boca Raton, Florida, May 23.

1999

  • Australian Aboriginal Art and Culture, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausaw, Wisconsin, December 7.

1998

  • More Than Just Dreams: The role of art in the Australian Aboriginal struggle for land rights, social justice and self-determination. Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • The People Who Painted Places, Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, March 17.

RESEARCH GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

  • 1992 Research Grant, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; to study the significance of birthplace among central Australian Aborigines.
  • 1991-92 Research Grant, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; to study beliefs about conception and birth among central Australian Aborigines.
  • 1991 Dupont Fellowship, University of Virginia

TEACHING

  • 2009* Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Virginia
  • 2008 Anthropology of Australian Aboriginal Art, University of Virginia
  • 2003-07 Jefferson Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Virginia
  • 2003-05 Exploring Indigenous Australia, Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia
  • Australian Aboriginal Art, Instructor, Jefferson Institute for Lifelong Learning, University of Virginia
  • 2000 Primitive Art in Civilized Places, Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia
  • 1998 Primitive Art in Civilized Places, Guest Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia
  • 1994 Race, Gender, and Medical Science, Graduate Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia
  • 1990 Anthropology of Film, Graduate Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 2002-06 Consultant, Dreaming Their way: Aboriginal Women Painters from Australia, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC.
  • 2001 Consultant, “This is My Country, This is Me” Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Wolfensohn Collection, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C.
  • 1993 Coordinator, Aputula Young Women’s Health Project Aputula Community, Australia
  • 1992 Researcher, Aputula Mortality Study Aputula Community, Australia
  • 1991 Coordinator, Fieldwork Conference Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Piedmont Council of the Arts – Board of Directors
  • American Anthropological Association
  • Australian Anthropological Association
  • American Association of Museums
  • Virginia Association of Museums

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