Dreaming In Color: Aboriginal Art from Balgo

September 8 through October 14

The exhibition includes 45 paintings, photographs and extensive wall text. The works are in the Kluge-Ruhe Collection at the University of Virginia. The Collection, 1600 paintings, sculptures and artifacts, and one of the finest outside Australia, was established to promote learning about Aboriginal arts and culture through a program of collection management, exhibitions, education, research and publication. Contemporary painting from Balgo, a western desert region, is adapted from traditional mark-making practices in sand drawing and painting, and body and sacred object painting. The works illustrate episodes of The Dreaming, the time of creation when powerful ancestral beings created the world and everything in it. Although Balgo artists also create and sell secular paintings, the purpose of a large part of their artistic practice is to retain and pass on traditional religious knowledge and Aboriginal culture. Much of the meaning of the vibrant and elegant images, symbols and patterns in Aboriginal painting is sacred and secret to the non-initiated viewer.


Welcome Back Party for new and returning students
Honoring our Australian Student-Athletes and those returning from study in Australia
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 4:30 – 6 p.m., Art Gallery and Patio
Refreshments, Australian and Aboriginal music
Co-sponsored by the Center for International Programs, Athletics and the Art Gallery

Film: Rabbit Proof Fence
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Wildenradt Theater (may be moved to larger venue)
Co-sponsored by the Center for International Programs and the Art Gallery

SMC Students - Face and Body Painting
Friday, Oct. 5, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Art Gallery and Patio


Opening Day Art Talk & Reception ~
Sunday, Sept. 9, 2 - 3 pm, Soda Activity Center, At Patio & Gallery
Everything old is new again: Aboriginal art in an historical perspective
by Margo Smith, Ph.D., exhibition curator and director, Kluge-Ruhe Collection, University of Virginia
Reception following: 3 - 4:30 pm, Art Patio
Family Art Workshop: Dot Painting & Bull Roarer Construction
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2 – 4 pm, Art Patio

For more information or to schedule a tour, call the Gallery at (925) 631-4379
Dr. Smith is available to speak to SMC classes on Tuesday, Sept.11;
contact the Gallery at x4069

Events are free, through the generous support of the Walker Foundation.

Kluge-Ruhe Collection website at the University of Virginia
Warlayirti Artists and Culture Centre
Balgo-Kutjungka Catholic Parish