Who We Are

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is the only museum outside of Australia dedicated to the exhibition and study of Indigenous Australian art.

Our Vision

A world in which Indigenous peoples are listened to, and their arts and cultures are honored and celebrated.

Our Mission

To expand knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Australian arts and cultures to cultivate greater appreciation of human diversity and creativity.

Our Values

We believe we can best fulfill our Vision and accomplish our Mission by living these values daily:

  • We respect Indigenous people as the authorities on their art and culture, and we strive to amplify their voices
  • We collaborate with partners across the globe to deepen our impact and extend our reach
  • We create inclusive and welcoming environments that promote cross-cultural dialogue
  • We aim to inspire discovery through research and experiential learning
  • We steward all of our resources – our collections, facilities, staff and volunteers – with care and respect.

To read our statement on the events of August 11 and 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, click here.


Kluge-Ruhe Staff

Kluge-Ruhe Advisory Council

Kluge-Ruhe Strategic Plan 2021-2026

UVA Administration

The Aboriginal flag, designed and copyrighted by Harold Thomas.

Djambawa Marawili teaching a UVA printmaking Class in October 2015. Photo by Tom Cogill.

UVA students in the Kluge-Ruhe galleries.

Participants engaging in a discussion about the power of art to address racial justice.

A participant in our "Joey Stories" program at the Virginia Film Festival Family Day proudly shows off his kangaroo flipbook.

Aboriginal dancer Taree Sansbury teaches Indigenous dance to children at Westhaven Community Center in Charlottesville. Photo by Tom Cogill.

Yinimala Gumana and Wukun Wanambi play clapping sticks at the Yale Club in New York City to introduce a traveling exhibition slated for 2020.