[more than] 30 years

of Working and Producing in the Visual Arts industry 


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



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Full Curriculum Vitae




Professor Extraordinarius in Art at the University of South Africa since 2015 and a rated researcher of the National Research Foundation of South Africa. since 2012

2019: worked as a Museum scientist at the Art Bank of South Africa

2014 - 2015: Academic Dean at the Open Window Institute

1990 - 2003: lectured full-time at Unisa in the Art Department and was Head of Department there for four years

2003 - 2014: lectured full-time at the University of Pretoria as Professor in both Fine Arts and Art History and specialising in postgraduate studies

Nationally and internationally my artworks have been exhibited at major gallery, museums, universities and art festivals


My work has been taken up in major art collections of the University of Pretoria; Unisa; Telkom; the DBSA; FNB; and various private collections


I was a Finalist in most of the SA national competitions, including the Brett Kebble Award; and I held solo exhibitions in Pretoria, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Paris and Oudtshoorn 




D Litt et Phil (Art History) (Unisa), 1996-2001. Title of thesis: Dystopia and artifice in late 20th century visual culture. 

International Diploma in Interactive Multimedia (media-gn, Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen), 1996

MA (Fine Arts) (Unisa) 1988-1992. Title of dissertation: A hermeneutic investigation of the ‘parergon’ in artmaking with special reference to Anselm Kiefer

BA (Fine Arts) (Unisa) 1981-1987. Majors: Painting (mixed media) and Art History.

Teachers Licentiate in Piano (UP), 1976-1978

Postgraduate Higher Education Diploma (HED) (UP), 1974

BA (UP) 1970-73. Majors: Afrikaans, French, Philosophy

I source, conceptualise and install artworks for galleries, museums, corporates, embassies, private homes and art festivals


I provide advice and inspection reports, as well as art brokering and acquisition advice to art collectors. 

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I Founded Fried Contemporary Art Gallery in Pretoria in 2005, together with Charles Gijzelaar as partner, which she curated and managed until 2014 when it was sold to new owners and it subsequently closed in 2018. This gallery was known as the flagship contemporary space north of Johannesburg

I Founded the CAP Institute for Contemporary Art Practice in 2015 and offers workshops, online Short Courses and an online Certificate in Contemporary Art Practice to emerging and established artists

In June 2020 I founded Elfriede Dreyer Gallery, an online sequel to Fried Contemporary, which led to the opening of a physical gallery, edg2020 in Midrand, Kyalami, South Africa, in February 2021

I Adjudicated at most of the national competitions such Absa l'Atelier, Sasol New Signatures, The Sanlam Portrait Award and others.


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