Staff and Advisory Council

Margo Smith AM

Director
mws2d@virginia.edu
PHD University of Virginia, MA University of Virginia, BA William and Mary

Margo is an anthropologist who conducted fieldwork in central Australia in 1991-1993 and has worked with the Kluge-Ruhe Collection since 1995. She co-edited Art from the Land: Dialogues with the Kluge-Ruhe Collection of Australian Aboriginal Art with Dr. Howard Morphy.

Henry F. Skerritt

Curator of the Indigenous Arts of Australia
hfs4f@virginia.edu
PhD University of Pittsburgh, MA University of Pittsburgh, MA University of Melbourne, BA Honors University of Western Australia

Henry is an art historian and curator hailing from Perth, Western Australia. He curates exhibitions of Indigenous Australian art, and leads research and teaching initiatives at UVA using the collection’s holdings.

Nicole Wade

Collections Manager and Registrar
anw9s@virginia.edu
MA University of New Mexico, Graduate Certificate – George Washington University, BA University of Virginia

Nicole ensures the proper care and preservation of the permanent collection, managing the exhibition, storage, conservation, and record keeping of each object. Having spent the last decade caring for museum collections at the University of Virginia, she brings a comprehensive background in collections management, registration, and preservation.

Lauren Maupin

Education and Program Manager
ldm3d@virginia.edu
MA University College London, BA Messiah College

Lauren provides educational, programmatic, marketing and financial support to the collection, and has work experience with a number of art galleries internationally. She has worked with several art historians as well as an independent curator. She also teaches an art history course at Piedmont Virginia Community College.

Fenella Belle

Museum Educator
fb5p@virginia.edu
MFA Studio of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA University of the Arts

Fenella provides museum education expertise and support, bringing extensive experience in creating exhibitions and classes for children and adults in museum and academic environments. A practicing artist at McGuffey Art Center, she also currently teaches studio art classes at Piedmont Virginia Community College and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Laura-Michal Balderson

Visitor Services Specialist

lb5hg@virginia.edu
MA University of North Carolina Greensboro, BA University of Mary Washington

Laura-Michal provides weekend support for the museum, and assists with educational and programming activities. She has experience in collections and education and has worked with institutions ranging from local museums to presidential homes.

Kluge-Ruhe Advisory Council Members

The Kluge-Ruhe Advisory Council provides invaluable support and advice to the museum on an ongoing basis. Current members include:

  • Rebecca Allen
  • Katherine Brooks
  • Lesley Cannady
  • James G. Harris
  • Glenn Iseger-Pilkington
  • Frances Morphy
  • Howard Morphy
  • Terry Snowball
  • Marc Sobel, Chair
  • John Wilkerson