© 2005 by Elfriede Dreyer

Utopia/heterotopia/dystopia are main thematic and conceptual interests



Tribute /Huldeblyk, KKNK (Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees), Oudtshoorn, Western Cape. 21 - 27  2019. Curated artists: Ariana van Heerden (Dr) (exTUT, UP); Avitha Sooful  (exVUT, UP); Carl Jeppe (exTUT); David Paton (UJ); Dominic Thorburn (Prof) (Rhodes); Elfriede Dreyer (Prof) (Unisa, ); Diane Victor  (UP); Elizabeth Gunter  (Prof) (US); Emma Willemse  (tutor Unisa); Gordon Froud (UJ); Gregory Kerr (Dr) (exUPprivaat, exUS); Guy du Toit  (UP); Gwenneth Miller (Dr) (Unisa); Ian Redelinghuys (exTUT); Ingrid Stevens (Prof) (exTUT); Jan van der Merwe (Dr)  (TUT); Jeremy Wafer (Prof) (Wits); Keith Dietrich (Prof) (exUS); Kim Berman (Prof) (UJ); Margaret Gradwell (Prof)(ex UP); Ricky Burnett (private).



Vuurdans/Fire dance, KKNK (Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees), Oudtshoorn, Western Cape. 29 March - 4 April 2018. Curated artists: Alta Botha, Caro Fine, Carol Sachs, Denise Woodgate , Donne Rundle,  Elfriede Dreyer, Ingrid Coerlin, Janet Holding, Mariétta van Rooyen, Mary-Jane Morris, Mieke Machiels, Rosa Snyman Wessels, Terry Zoeller


Non-place. Moor Gallery, Franschhoek, Western Cape. 24 September - 16 October 2016. Curated artists: Diane Victor, Eric Duplan, Titus Matiyane, Lothar Böttcher, Loeritha Saayman, Frikkie Eksteen, Pascual Tarazona

(Co-curated)  Cool Capital Biennial, Pretoria. The city: a form of life, Open Window Institute, Centurion, 29 Aug – 15 Nov 2014. Participation in the Venice Architecture Biennial 2016


Terra, including Terra firma, Terra incognita, Terra nullius, Terra. pericolosa .Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein. 28 May – 5 July 2015. 22 artists. Four exhibitions in one


My land, my land, Including 8 Klein Karoo Kunstefees, 3 – 10 April 2015. National curator, of  solo  and 8 group exhibitions. Oudtshoorn, Western Cape


Curated solo exhibition of Titus Matiyane: BRICS Capitals: Titus Matiyane’s panoramas. UJ Art Gallery (University of Johannesburg). 7 Oct – 11 Nov 2015. 5 large-scale panoramas


Nomad bodies. Wintertuin gallery, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Artesis University College, Antwerp. 30 January – 7 February 2014. 25 artworks, 12 artists


UP Fine Arts staff exhibition. Andrew W Mellon funded. Part of the Faculty of Humanities Metromusings research project of Visual technologies. Rautenbach Hall, University of Pretoria. 15 – 29 July 2013. Curator's essay


Curatorial project with students and community Prosperity murals, 2009 - 2010. Included educational workshops. 5 murals executed in Attridgeville, Tshwane, and the Durban Library, Kwazulu Natal. Funded by the Development Bank of Southern Africa


Dystopia.  Curated by Elfriede Dreyer and Jacob Lebeko. 35 artists, 56 artworks Printed catalogue written and produced. UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa: 23 May  – 30 June 2009; Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa: 8 October 8 – 15 November 2009; Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein: 10 June – 8 August 2010 


Reconciliation. Art exhibitions as part of the Art and Reconciliation Festival. 11 artists’ installations + 2 additional exhibitions. Printed catalogue written and produced: ISBN 0-620-33947-0. Visual Arts Gallery, Architecture Gallery, Conference Centre, Rautenbach Hall, Technical Building of University of Pretoria. 15 – 30 March 2005

More info: UP Festival document


Digital art exhibition. 13 local and international artists. Full Feature on Kunskafee on national TV. The Spacing, UNISA. September 2002.



Contemporary Investment Art. Knysna Art Festival, Western Cape. 1 - 9 October 2016

Me.Ek. 17 artists, 56 artworks, Published catalogue. Klein Karoo National Arts Festival. 29 March – 6 April 2013

Designs/Ontwerpe. 16 artists, 58 artworks. KKNK, National Arts Festival. 31 March – 7 April 2012

iMPAC international short-film festival. 5 artists, 7 installations.  Open Window, Pretoria. August 12 – 14 , 2011 

UP Centenary: A century in the service of knowledge: Visuality/Commentary. 85 artists.  Contributed a chapter on the exhibition in printed catalogue. University of Pretoria. 12 to 21 May 2008

Little deaths. Trio exhibition with Wilma Cruise, Guy du Toit, Elfriede Dreyer. 2 video productions and manipulated video stills. Printed catalogue written and produced: ISBN 978-0-620-38104-8. Fried Contemporary Art Gallery & Studio, Pretoria, 13 February – 10 March; Bell-Roberts Gallery at Lourensford Wine Estate, Western Cape, 21 April – 31 July 2007.


Retrospective of UNISA students of all the undergraduate years. ± 50 Works on paper. Traveling exhibition of student works. Museum Rust Ten Vreugd, Cape Town; Universities of Durban-Westville and Orange Free State. 1995


CURATED AT Fried Contemporary Art Gallery & Studio, Pretoria. 2005 - 2014


2 0 1 4

Diane Victor, Georgie Papageorge, Bloodlines

Fried Autumn Art Fair

Nomad bodies

Rising stars


2 0 1 3


Neo Baroque


Alex Hamilton, Almost everyone in Pretoria

Sungmee Bae, Water reflection and me

Rozan Cochrane, Reflections

Iris Dawn Parker, Quotidian life: the importance of small things


Christiaan Diedericks, Counterpoint

Fried Autumn Art Fair

Figuration & negation

Derek Zietsman, Performing man


2 0 1 2

Me 1 (with Jayne Crawshay-Hall as guest curator)

Me 3

Me 2


Terra pericolosa

Terra incognita

Terra nullius

Terra firma


2 0 1 1






Designs of self

Designs of  nature

Designs of  living

Designs of time

UP Visual Arts staff exhibition


2 0 1 0 


Paula Louw, In part

Cities in transition

Games people play

Estelle van den Heever, Private Logic


Bodies in transition


2 0 0 9

Eric Duplan, Elfriede Dreyer, Marlise Keith, From above and beyond

Diane Victor, Johann Moolman, Rossouw van der Walt, Recent work

Adele Oldfield, Nathani Luneburg, Maria van Rooyen, Just visiting

Fried Affordable Art Fair

Marina Aucamp, Jacqueline Schoombie, Anna Gous, Esme Kruger, Ruhan Janse van Rensburg, Four women and a man

Tshepo Setshedi, Lianna Loubser, Sybrand Wiechers, Marili de Weerdt, Heart

Eric Duplan, Gordon Froud, Frieda Sonnekus, Suburb


2 0 0 8  

Pascual Tarazona, Paper ++

Janina Pechova, Imprinting the cradle

Titus Matiyane, Diek Grobler, Pieter Swanepoel, On the globe

Chris Diedericks, [small]Poison

Kay Potts, Hush

Karin Preller, Aperture and Toni-Ann Ballenden, Tracings

Diane Victor, Francois van Reenen, Johan Conradie, Angels & Demons

Cheryl Gage & Mandy Conidaris, Parallel Universes

Karen Lasserre, Face Value

Lance Friedlande

Daandrey Steyn, Hanje Whitehead, Rebecca Emery, Thelma Marais, Us + I


2 0 0 7

Keith Dietrich, Fourteen Stations of the cross

Mark Cloet, Johan Thom, Jacki McInnes, Bliss

Estie Serfontein, Seeing Red

André Naudé, Sandra Hanekom, Location

Irene Naudé, Phantom limb

Carine Zaayman, The Secret Adventures of Lady Ann Barnard

Willem Boshoff, Jan van der Merwe, Johan Conradie, Lost

Majak Bredell, 2 Decades + 

Erna Bodenstein, Portraits from beyond

Carla Crafford, Momentarily endless

Wilma Cruise, Guy du Toit, Elfriede Dreyer, Little deaths

Talita Swarts, Between Two Silences


2 0 0 6

Ulricke Lourens, Reconstructed restriction

Marili de Weerdt, Rossouw van der Walt, Shelf Life

Lize Muller, Through the Looking Glass

Pascual Tarazona, Fragmentations

Nathani Luneburg, Altered World


Carmen Truter, Flesh Text

Pluto Panoussis, Poster: One decade

Adele Oldfield, Eye of the beholder

Ester Simonis, Diggings I & II

Andre Naude, untitledongetiteld

Celia de Villiers, LiveWire


2 0 0 5 

Philip Badenhorst, The Missing Year

The Maswanganyi Family

Guy du Toit, More (than) histories

Art from two metropoles





National Research Foundation, SA:

Rating as researcher


University of Pretoria research awards for the following curated exhibitions: 

Me.ek, 2013

Terra, 2012 

Designs, 2011

Dystopia, 2010

Bodies in transition, 2010

Little Deaths, 2007

Reconciliation, 2005 

Solo exhibition: delta, 2006


I received more than 35 funding awards and grants.