© 2015 by Elfriede Dreyer

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I have been working since 2015 as Extraordinary Professor in Art at the University of South Africa, after almost 30 years as a tenured academic at Unisa and eventually as Full Professor at the University of Pretoria. In 2019 I also worked full-time as a senior museum scientist at the Art Bank South Africa. I am a seasoned academic curator, working in South Africa and abroad, and a rated researcher of the National Research Foundation of South Africa. I hold the qualifications of D Litt et Phil (Art History), MA (Fine Arts), BA (FA), BA, HED, UTLM (Piano) and an International Diploma in Multimedia (Groningen). Seminal recent curatorial projects were the Tribute exhibition (2019), Klein Karoo National Festival (KKNK), Oudtshoorn; Nomad bodies (2014), Wintertuin Gallery, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp; Terra (2015), Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein; Titus Matiyane’s Panoramas of the BRICS Capitals (2015), University of Johannesburg Gallery; and co-curating The city: a form of life (2014), Cool Capital, Pretoria Biennale. In 2005 I co-founded Fried Contemporary Art Gallery & Studio in Pretoria and was its curator until April 2014. I have published in peer-reviewed journals such as Third Text, Communicatio, De arte, Litnet and others, and have produced several exhibition catalogues. I am now also much involved in my organisation, the CAP Institute of Learning in Contemporary Art Practice, which I founded in 2015.



Contemporary Art, Utopian Studies, Place And Utopia, Dystopia, Techno-Utopia, Curatorial Practice, African Studies



University of South Africa, Department of Art and Music, Professor Extraordinarius