The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the exhibition and study of Australian Aboriginal Art. Working with living artists, international scholars and arts professionals, we provide a wide range of learning experiences to the University community and the public through exhibition, research and educational programs.
The museum was established through a gift by American businessman John W. Kluge in 1997. Influenced by the Dreamings exhibition in New York, Kluge began collecting Aboriginal art in 1988. He compiled one of the finest private collections of Australian Aboriginal art in the world with a focus on contemporary works from Arnhem Land and the Western Desert. In 1993, Kluge purchased the collection and archives of the late Professor Edward L. Ruhe of Lawrence, Kansas. Ruhe began collecting Aboriginal art while visiting Australia as a Fulbright Scholar in 1965. He exhibited his collection widely in the United States between 1966 and 1977. Ruhe’s library and archives comprise the core of the Kluge-Ruhe Study Center.
Free admission and parking. Open to the public.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm; Sunday, 1 – 5 pm
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- Addl Info Tour Planners: We offer a free guided tour every Saturday at 10:30 am.
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Join us at 10:30 am for a free, guided tour of the current exhibitions at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA, the only museum of Indigenous Australian art in the world! The tour is free and no reservations are needed. On the first Saturday of each month the tour is led by a Kluge-Ruhe staff member, which sometimes includes access to... more
Join the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection for this two part early visual literacy program, featuring a brief tour focusing on basic elements of visual art followed by multi-sensory structured play for children ages two to four and social play for babies. Ages 6 months to four. Crying babies welcome. more
Participate in a full tour of the Kluge-Ruhe Collection's newest exhibition, Body Ornaments, led by the artist, Janet Fieldhouse This exhibition of works by Indigenous Australian artist Janet Fieldhouse sits at the intersection between contemporary ceramic practice and the cultural traditions of the Torres Strait Islands. Fieldhouse’s “woven”... more
Join Indigenous Australian Artist Janet Fieldhouse for a talk on the history of her artistic practice. Body Ornaments, an exhibition of works by Indigenous Australian artist Janet Fieldhouse, sits at the intersection between contemporary ceramic practice and the cultural traditions of the Torres Strait Islands. Fieldhouse’s “woven” ceramic practice... more
- Address: 400 Worrell Drive
- Location: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
- Dates: April 6, 2017
Come enjoy a reception at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection to celebrate the exhibition of artist-in-residence, Janet Fieldhouse. This exhibition of works by Indigenous Australian artist Janet Fieldhouse sits at the intersection between contemporary ceramic practice and the cultural traditions of the Torres Strait Islands. Fieldhouse’s “woven” ceramic... more