Curator of Indigenous Arts of Australia: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia seeks a Curator who will combine scholarly research and teaching with curatorial practice to advance knowledge of Australia’s Indigenous people and their art and culture. Working with a collection of more than 1800 objects of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, the Curator will develop exhibitions for the Kluge-Ruhe Museum, and other venues, and collaborate with museum staff to create and deliver programs for University and public audiences. The Curator will document the collection, consulting with Indigenous artists and source communities whenever possible to ensure its accurate and appropriate interpretation and presentation. The Curator will also oversee collection development, including new acquisitions and deaccessions.

The Curator will teach two classes per year in Art History, Anthropology, or a related field. Classes taught by the Curator will engage students in researching objects and co-curating exhibitions, in collaboration with curators at The Fralin Museum of Art. The Curator will contribute to the delivery of the University Museums Internship course and directly supervise curatorial interns. The person in this position will assist faculty from multiple disciplines in using the Kluge-Ruhe Collection for their classes and partner with other departments on joint projects, symposia, publications, and exhibitions. The Curator will participate in the development of an interdisciplinary curriculum involving Indigenous Australian, Native American and/or Pre-Columbian, and other Non-Western Studies at UVA. He or she will play an instrumental role in the design and implementation of a summer program focused on curatorial skills for students of historically underrepresented backgrounds, a program of visiting Fellows in Indigenous Arts, and a UVA faculty fellows program in the arts.  This position is for four years with possibility of extension of the appointment pending availability of funding.

Candidates for this position will have a PhD in Art History, History, Anthropology or a related field with a specialization in Indigenous Australian art. ABD is acceptable with completion of dissertation prior to start date. Relevant curatorial and teaching experience is required.

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