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Judy Seidman

b. Connecticut, USA, 1951. Lives in Johannesburg. 
Judy Ann Seidman’s art flows from the twinned beliefs that “culture is a weapon of struggle”, and that “the personal is political” – an approach to culture born in Africa’s liberation struggles. Her paintings, drawings and graphics explore personal and collective experience, emotion, belief and vision; speaking of and to people’s movements, from national liberation and worker struggles to feminism and HIV activism.


1973  Master of Fine Arts (Painting), University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin, USA
1971  Bachelor of Arts (Sociology), University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin, USA

Selected Exhibitions

2005  Na Cidade, Jazz, Luanda, Angola
1984  Botswana National Museum and Art Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana
1980  Pentonville Gallery, Islington, London, UK (with Pitika Ntuli)
1980  Institute of Education Gallery, University of London, London, UK (with Pitika Ntuli)
1976  Hemingway Art Gallery, New York, USA
1976  Botswana National Museum and Art Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana
1975  Exhibition of paintings and drawings, British Council, Lusaka, Zambia
1974  Exhibition of paintings and drawings, National Library, Lusaka, Zamiba
1973  MFA exhibition, University of Wisconsin Art Gallery, Wisconsin, USA

Workshops, Arts Facilitation & Policy

2016 - present  Facilitator, Feminist Women's Art Network, One in Nine campaign, South Africa
2008 - 2012  Facilitator, One in Nine advocacy media and Naledi Ya Meso art-making and gender workshops, CDP Trust, Johannesburg, South Africa
2007 - present  Facilitator, Khulumani Art Healing and Heritage Workshops, South Africa
1996 - 1997  Member; Curriculum 2005 Arts and Culture Learning Area Committee; Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology; South Africa
1996  Consultant, “Respect for Cultural Diversity” curriculum, SANDF civic education programme, South Africa
1995 - 1996  Member, Arts Education Policy Task Team, Gauteng Ministry of Education, South Africa
1994 - 1995  Sub-committee member, Visual Arts of National Education and Training Forum curriculum development, South Africa
1994 - 1995  Chairperson; Strategic Management Team; Gauteng Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts, Culture; South Africa
1993  Curriculum development, Dakawa Arts and Crafts school, Grahamstown, South Africa
1991 - 2001  Consultant, Curriculum Development Project for the Creative Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa
1988 - 1990  Cultural Studies curriculum development, Foundation for Education with Production, Botswana and Zimbabwe
1985 - 1989  Graphics editor and training supervisor, Mmegi wa Dikgang, Botswana
1978 - 1983  Teacher, Thokoza School, Mbabane, Swaziland
1978 - 1983  Teacher, Maru-a-Pula Secondary School, Gaborone, Botswana


2017  Drawn Lines, an autobiography of Judy Ann Seidman, Createspace, USA
2013  Justice, redress and restitution: Voices of the widows of the Marikana Massacre, Khulumani Support Group, Johannesburg
2011  Naledi Ya Meso Handbook, CDP Trust
2011  Art as Advocacy Handbook, CDP Trust
2010  One Woman, Sketches/diaries, letters/notes: Fragments from Anita Parkhurst Willcox, Createspace, USA
2007  Katorus Stories, SAHA, Johannesburg
2007  Red on Black , the story of the South African Poster Movement, STE, Johannesburg 
2005  Hlanganani Basebensi: A brief history of COSATU 
2005  Every worker a union member, COSATU Collective, Johannesburg
2002  My Comrade with AIDS is still my Comrade, COSATU Collective, Johannesburg
2001  The Social Protection handbook, COSATU Collective, Johannesburg
1993  Fighting AIDS, National Progressive Primary Health Care Network booklet
1991  Images of Defiance: Protest Posters from South Africa 1980 - 1990, Raven Press (Written together with Posterbook Collective)
1990  In Our Own Image, textbook for  secondary school level Cultural Studies, for Southern Africa, FEP, Gaborone, Botswana
1979  Bayezwa: Paintings and drawings of Southern Africa, South End Press, Boston, Ma., USA


2016  National liberation is necessarily an act of culture: Visual arts of the armed struggle in Southern Africa, paper given at Conference Politics of the Armed Struggle in Southern Africa
2013  Khulumani! Talking to the concept, structure and outcomes of Khulumani Support Group’s Art, Healing and Heritage Workshops, paper by Judy Seidman and Nomarussia Bonasa for Khulumani Support Group at Dance for Life conference
2010  The Art of National Liberation; Thami Mnyele and Medu Art Ensemble retrospective, Thami + Medu exhibition catelogue, JAG and Jacana Press
2010  Education for liberation, Chimurenga magazine
2006  Drawn Lines: Belief, Emotion, and Aesthetic in the South African Poster Movement in Phillippa Hobbs, ed. "Messages and Meaning: the MTN art collection", MTN, Johannesburg
2004  South African Art Historians, with Jillian Carman, paper on South African Poster Movement, Durban, South Africa
1997  Imagery and AIDS in South Africa, paper presented to Images and Empire conference in Yale University, Connecticut, USA
1992 - 1994  Africa South and East, Johannesburg
1986 - 1989  Medu Art Ensemble Newsletter, Gaborone, Botswana


2006 - 2008  Curator, Poster Collection, South African History Archive, Johannesburg, South Africa
2004  Specialist advisor, Images of Defiance, MuseumAfrica, Johannesburg, South Africa
1995 - 1997  Executive member, Arts and Culture Alliance, Gauteng, South Africa
1994 - 1995  Executive member, Arts Educators Association, Gauteng, South Africa
1981 - 1985  Member, Medu Art Ensemble, Gaborone, Botswana


Botswana National Museum and Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana
Mayibuye Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
MTN collection, Johannesburg, South Africa
Museum of Revolutionary Art, Leningrad, Soviet Union
Museum of Modern Art, New York
South African History Archive, Johannesburg, South Africa