Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection and Study Center

Location: Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Artform: Visual Arts

Length of residency: 1 month

Dates: September to November 2018, February to April 2019 (specific dates to be negotiated with the University)

Grant amount: $5,000

Website: http://www.kluge-ruhe.org/

This residency is open only to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

Applications for this residency is now closed

About Kluge-Ruhe

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection of the University of Virginia is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the study and interpretation of Australian Aboriginal art. Its mission is to advance knowledge and understanding of Australia’s Indigenous people and their art and culture by providing a wide range of learning experiences to the University community and the public through exhibition, research and educational programs. 

Residency opportunity 

During the residency, artists will participate actively in the life of the University of Virginia, either by working on projects with students, demonstrating work in the studio or delivering artist talks. Artists are encouraged to consider ways their residency might engage students and faculty in different disciplines. The Kluge-Ruhe Collection will build on the artist's strengths and interests to assist them in designing programs and establishing networks and each resident is given the opportunity to stage an exhibition at the end of their residency.

The grant is intended to cover return flights to Virginia and a stipend towards living expenses. The Kluge-Ruhe Collection will provide the following support:

  • Accommodation at a guest cottage on the grounds of the museum;
  • Program costs;
  • Exhibition support;
  • Reception and other social events; and
  • Marketing and promotions.

Accommodation and workspace

The resident has access to a guest cottage on the ground of the museum, and a studio/workspace.

Access and inclusion

The Kluge-Ruhe cottage is not wheelchair accessible. Alternative housing requests may be accommodated, at an additional cost. Please contact Amber McCulloch, Project Officer Residencies, on 02 9215 9336 or a.mcculloch@australiacouncil.gov.au to discuss your specific needs.


  • Damien Shen
  • Janet Fieldhouse


  • Julie Gough
  • Carol McGregor 


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