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CLOSING: Waŋupini: Clouds Of Remembrance And Return

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Upper West Oval Room of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia

Waŋupini (clouds) is the same story as my father taught me about the sunset.

—Bulthirrirri Wunuŋmurra

Curated by: Douglas Fordham, Professor and Chair of the Department of Art, University of Virginia. 

Clouds drift in subtly modified patterns in these artworks by Nawurapu Wunuŋmurra and  Bulthirrirri Wunuŋmurra, both Yolŋu artists from Arnhem Land at the top end of Australia’s Northern Territory. The thunderheads are associated with the beginning of the monsoonal wet season and the first sighting of perahu (boats) from Indonesia on the horizon. Fishermen based in the port of Makassar in Sulawesi, Indonesia, visited the north coast of Australia every year starting in late December or early January to gather trepang (sea cucumber) and engage in trade. They departed on the winds associated with bulunu, or the southeast cloud formations that herald the dry season.


Call for Submissions - VA Film Festival 2024

Tuesday, July 9, 2024


Every Fall, the VAFF showcases new narrative and documentary features, independent and international projects, and local filmmakers from throughout Virginia. Each year, VAFF brings in a robust selection of guests, from internationally acclaimed directors and actors to craft talent and leading cultural experts, who power discussions that stimulate, educate, and engage. Today, the VAFF stands as one of Virginia’s most important cultural landmarks and one of the most respected regional destination film festivals in the United States.

We are looking forward to celebrating 37 years of the Virginia Film Festival October 30-November 3 in Charlottesville, VA!

Early Bird Deadline - May 15
Regular Deadline - Jul 9

CLOSING: Maḏayin: Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala

Sunday, July 14, 2024

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

Curated By: Djambawa Marawili, W. Wanambi, Yinimala Gumana, Wäka Munuŋgurr, Henry Skerritt and Kade McDonald. Organized by the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia in partnership with the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre in Australia.

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia showcases Indigenous art in Maḏayin: Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala and an exhibition of slit drums of New Guinea.

One of the most significant touring exhibitions of Aboriginal Australian art ever staged returns to the city where it was first envisioned. The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia presents “Maḏayin: Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala” from Feb. 3-July 14, 2024. The exhibition features more than 50 masterpieces of ochre painting on eucalyptus bark, many of which have never been on view outside of Australia.





Deadline for submissions: Freeman Artist Residency

Saturday, July 20, 2024

11:59 pm | Online

The Freeman Artist Residency (FAR) is now accepting applications for 2023-24. Founded by Neal Rock, UVa Assistant Professor of Painting. The Freeman Artist Residency (FAR) is named after Welsh painter and educator Michael Freeman, who mentored Rock during his formative years in South Wales. FAR honors Freeman’s life-long dedication to educational equity and inclusion by giving the gift of time, space and mentorship to artists at a formative stage of their careers. FAR gives priority to BIPOC, LGBTQ+ candidates and first-generation college graduates.

Fellowship Dates and Responsibilities

September 1st 2024 – August 25th 2025. The residency concludes with a public two-person FAR Exhibition, date TBA. Fellows are responsible for all art materials, installation, de-installation and promotion of exhibition.

Michael Freeman. Shipwreck & Cloud. 1985. Woodcut on paper

In Pursuit: Artists’ Perspectives on a Nation CLOSES

Monday, October 28, 2024

5 pm | National Liberty Museum

National Liberty Museum Presents the Power of Art as Civic Dialogue as it Hosts an Ambitious New Exhibition Curated by Philadelphia Sculptors

Opening May 10, the National Liberty Museum is hosting an ambitious multi-media exhibition, In Pursuit: Artists’ Perspectives on a Nation, curated by Philadelphia Sculptors. The exhibition features sculptures and large-scale installations by seven internationally acclaimed artists displayed across three of NLM’s four floors.

For the exhibition, Philadelphia Sculptors invited works from cross-disciplinary artist Anila Quayyum Agha, sculptor Angel Cabrales, multi-disciplinary artist Nicholas Galanin, visual artist Arghavan Khosravi, social practice and fiber artist Aram Han Sifuentes, multi-disciplinary artist Artur Silva, and the UVA Art Department's own  Marisa Williamson.

Amy Chan's "Double Happiness" in Alderman CLOSES

Saturday, May 31, 2025

Alderman Library 2nd floor lobby

To create the piece "Double Happiness", Amy Chan asked the UVA Asian / Pacific Islander / South Asian American community to submit greetings, proverbs, and colloquial sayings that are important to their cultural identity. Text left to right reads:

Ganbare, Japanese, to persevere
Double Happiness, Chinese, joy and unity
Hwaiting, Korean, you got this!
Padayon, Visayan dialect / Philippines, to carry on
Kya baat hai, Hindi, how amazing!
All places are ours, and all people are our kin, Tamil
Andamu, Telugu, inner beauty
Sudah makan, Malaysian, have you eaten?