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Kim Berman

b. Johannesburg, 1960.

As a printmaker Kim Berman articulates South Africa’s social and political transformation, giving voice to continued struggles against social inequalities.

Arts Education

2009 University of Witwatersrand, School of the Arts ( Cultural Managment,Heritage and Tourism),PhD programme registered in July
2005 Agency,Imagination and Resilience: Facilitating Social Change through the Visual Arts in South Africa
2005-2009 PhD, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
2003-2004 Brandeis University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA,International Center for Ethics,Justice and Public Life.International Fellowship: Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts,Waltham,Mass, USA ( Nov 2003- Oct 2004)
1984-1989 Master of Fine Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.Tufts University, Boston, Mass,USA,Graduated with Distinction,Printmaking
1978-1981 BFA, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.Received Art History Merit in 1980

Exhibitions (solo) - South Africa

2010 Dislocated Landscapes, Art on Paper gallery, Johannesburg
2005 New work by Kim Berman, Art on Paper, Johannesburg
2002 New Works, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
1999 A Decade of Works, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
1994 Rediscovering the Ordinary, Berman Gallery, Johannesburg

Exhibitions (solo) - International

2009 Dislocated Landscapes, Massachusetts College of Arts, Boston, USA
2006 Kim Berman, Resistance and Renewal: Selected work from 1985-2005, Slater Concourse Gallery, Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA
2003 On Their Own: Recent Work, The Art Complex Museum, Massachusetts, USA
2001 Testimonies of the Truth & Reconciliation, Cultural Centrum, Sint Niklaas, Belgium
1997 Kim Berman and Volatile Alliances, Print Exchange, Frans Masreel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium
1989 South Africa under Siege, MFA Thesis exhibition, Gallery Eleven, Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA

Exhibitions (group) - South Africa

2010 Painters who Print-Art on Paper, The Gallery, Grand Provence, Franschhoek. Mpumalanga Journey, Artspace, Johannesburg
2007-2008 Staff Exhibition, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg,Johannesburg
2006 Sasol Wax Award, Sasol Basement Gallery, Johannesburg. Collection 2006 and Kim Berman Prints, Bayside Gallery, Durban.Aardklop National Arts Festival,Snowflake Building, Potchefstroom
2005 Artists in Conversation, Telkom Oral History Project, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria. Women for Children, Durban Art Gallery, Durban
2004-2005 Resistance, Reconciliation, Reconstruction, De Beers Centenary Gallery, University of Fort Hare, Alice; William Humphreys Gallery, Kimberley
2003 Repositioning, RAU Art Gallery, Johannesburg. The Brett Kebble Awards, CTICC, Cape Town
2002 Landscape, Old Arts Gallery, University of Pretoria,Pretoria. Transformation: Works on Paper, Art on Paper Gallery, Johannesburg
2001 Borders: Technikon Witwatersrand and Karel de Grote Hoogskool, University of Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Stellenbosch
2001 Manuscripts, Grahamstown Art Festival, Grahamstown
2001 Art on Paper gallery, Johannesburg
2000 Mnmosyne, Wits University Concourse, Johannesburg. Artist Proof Studio and Friends, Association of Arts, Pretoria Gencor Gallery, Pretoria
1998 We are One: Women artists, United Nations Building, Pretoria
1997-1998 Images of Human Rights Portfolio, Travelling exhbition, South African and USA
1996 Alternative Printmaking from Gauteng, Stellenbosch University Museum,Stellenbosch. Artist Proof Studio, Ibis Gallery, New Bethesda
1995-1996 Gay Rights Re-Writes, Gertrude Posel Gallery, Johannesburg
1995 Volatile Alliances, Africus Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg. Arts Alive: Artist Proof Exhibition, Berman Gallery, Johannesburg.Arts Alive:Steamrollers Prints,ICA Gallery, Newtown, Johannesburg
1993 Woman on Woman, Seef Trust Gallery, Cape Town. First Print Show: Artist Proof Studio, Market Galleries, Joahnnesburg
1982 Symphony and the System, Trevor Coleman Gallery, Johannesburg. Art and Resistance, Gaberone, Botswana

Exhibitions (group) - International

2009 Prood + Legacy,Sandra and Philip Gordon Gallery,Boston Arts Academy, Boston, USA
2008-2007Inscrbing Meaning: Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art Fowler Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
2006 Healing Through Art Women, AIDS & Hope in South Africa, Pendleton Centre for the Arts.Oregon,USA. Home Grown, Arts Guild of Rahway, New Jersey, New York, USA
2005 IMPRINTS: Works on Paper, Axis Gallery, New York,USA
2004 Assemblies: Excavation & Reconstruction in African Contemporary Art, Brandeis Univeristy,Waltham,Massachusetts,USA
2003 Coexistance: contemporary Cultural Production in South Africa, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA.
2003 HOMELAND, Sawhill Gallery, James Madison University, Virginia, USA.
2003 Inscribing Meaning: African Arts of Communication, The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC,USA
2003 Artists for Human Rights Portfolio and Artist Proof Studio,Monserrat College of Art Gallery. Massachusetts, USA.
2003 Veerle Rooms and Friends, Antwerp, Belgium
2001 Alumni Juried Exhibition, Tufts Univeristy Gallery, Medford, Massachusetts, USA
2000 Paper Prayers,AIDS Awareness Exhibition,Frauen Museum, Bonn, Germany. Annual Exhibition. The Rutgers Centre for Innovative Printer Paper. New Brunswick. New Jerse. USA
1999-1989 South African Prints (Suid Afrikaanse Drukgrafika), Antwerp, Leuven, Hasselt, Turnoudt, Belgium
1999-1989 Playing Cards: Print exchange between Flemish Artists and South African Artists, Travelling exhbition in Belgium and South Africa
1998 Women and Walls and Fantasies Invoked by the Vapour of the Red Spirit,Creiger-Dane Gallery, Boston, USA. Printmakers at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey,USA
1996 Common and Uncommon Ground:South African Art to Atlanta, City Gallery East, Atlanta, USA. Gynika Women Printmakers and South African Women Printmakers, Carlose Magnus College of Art, Antwerp,Belgium
1996 South African Printmakers-‘Prentmaksters’ Female Graphic Artists of Cognate Language, Town Museum of Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
1996 Memorial Foundation Exhibition- Yad Vashem, The First Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel
1995 De L’Afrique.Contemporary African Art, Gallery Yahia, Tunisa and France. New Realities:A South African Evening, Stiab Gallery, New York, USA
1990 Contemporary Art Against Apartheid, Stuart Lavy Gallery, New York, USA
1990 Comment on the Eighties, Laura Knott Gallery, Bradford College, Massachusetts, USA
1989 South African Expressions of Resistance, Darthmouth College, Hanover, USA
1989 Witness of the Time, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
1988 Boston Now: Works on Paper, Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston, USA
1987 Five South Africans: An Exhibition To benefit fund for a free South Africa, Cambridge, USA. Hour of the Furnaces:Art About Political Oppression,The Newtown Centre,Newtownville;Boston Printmakers,Boston,USA.
1987 Women’s Work: Political Art by Women,Femmecore Space,Boston, USA
1986 Culture and Liberation, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, USA
1986 Evils of Power, Southeastern Massachusetts University, Massachusetts, USA.
1986 Choices: Four South Africans, Four Walls Gallery, New Jersey, USA
1984 Art Against Apartheid, Columbia University, New York, USA


2003 Artist in Residency, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, boston, USA
2001 Artist in Residency, Frans Masereel Centrum Kasterlee, Belgium
1999 Visiting Artist, Rugters Centre for Innovative Print Paper, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
1993 Artist in Residency, Frans Masereel centrum, Antwerp, Belgium


2010 Kim Berman, The Role of the Visual Arts in Social Change in South Africa, The International Journal of the Arts in Society, vol. 1 Issue 5, pp 123-136.
2010 Mphapho Hlasane, Awarenes-Action-Advocacy: 12 Years of Paper Prayers at Artist Proof Studio, DUT Gallery, Durban
2010 Michael Godby, The Lie of the Land: Representations of the South African landscape, Iziko Michaelis collection
2008 Kim Berman, An opportunity for interdisciplinary and practice-based research, FADA Research Newsletter, issue 10, p 8
2008 William Cleveland, Art and Upheaval: Artists on the World’s Frontline, New Village Press, Oakland. Bronwyn Law-Viljoen (ed.), Dis-location, re-location: exploring alienation and identity in South Africa, David Krut publishers, Johannesburg
2006 Phillippa Hobbs, Messages and Meaning:The MTN Art collection. David Krut Publishers, Johannesburg
2005 L. Burger et al. (eds) Art at Work: A decade and more of the Sasol Art Collection, Sasol Ltd, Johannesburg
2005 Kim Berman, New Partners New Knowlegde: Sustaining Learners and Social Change through Participatory Action Research, FADA Newsletter, issue 5, pp 3-5
2004 Sophie Perryer, 10 years 100 artists: Art in a Democratic South Africa, Bell Roberts, Cape Town
2004 Philippa Hobbs (ed.), Resistance Reconciliation Reconstruction: An MTN Exhibition celebrating 10 years of Democracy, MTN Foundation, Johannesburg
2004 Virginia MacKenny, Other Landscapes, Art South Africa vol 3 issue 1, p 35
2004 Kim Berman, Archival Paper: A model for Project-Based Research, FADA Newsletter, issue 3, p 3
2001 Kim Berman, ‘Artist Proof Studio: African Incarnation’ in Proof in Print, Boston Public Library, Boston
2001 Anna Varney, Manuscript Exhibition, Botsotso Pubishing, Johannesburg (catalogue)
2000 Art against Aids – and works of Kim Berman, Landscapes of the Truth Commission, Frauen Museum, Bonn
1998 T. Rivalland (ed.), The Collectors Guide to Art & Artists in South Africa, SA Institute of Artists and Designers
1998 Paper Prayers – Aids Awareness through the art of Printmaking, The Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology
1997 Philipa Hobbs & Elizabeth Rankin, Printmaking in a transforming South Africa, David Philip, Cape Town and Johannesburg
1996 Steven Sack, Common and Uncommon ground: South African Art in Atlanta, City Gallery East, Georgia
1990 Kim Berman, People’s Printmaking & Papermaking Handbook, COSAW, Cape Town


2008 Best researcher Prize for 2007/8 Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg
2007 A Ripple in the Water: Healing Through Art, directed by E. Foti and P. Piroh, two gold awards Everglades International Film Festival in Dargle
2006 Alumni Recognition Award, Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship, Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA
2004 Art and Culture Trust Award for Best Funded Project: Artists Proof Studio. TWR Vice Chancellor’s Special Research Award: Joint Postgraduate Supervisor of the Year
2003 Vice Chancellor Special Research Award: Best Senior Researcher. Wits Alumni Honour Award Nominee: for Outstanding contribution to the Community
2001 Runner up in the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) awards in the category: Individual for activities other than Research and Innovation over the last two years
1999 Technikon Fellowship Awards for 1998/9

Conference papers

2010 Imagination and agency: Facilitating social change through the visual arts, Drama for Life Conference: Arts Activism, Eduaction and Therapies; Transforming Communities Across Africa, Wits University, Johannesburg
2010 Paper Prayers: Twelve Years of Awareness and Advocacy Programmes at Artist Proof Studios, Art and Social Justice: Exploring the link between art, social justice and health, Durban University of Technology, Durban
2008 Cultural Action for Change: Sustaining learners and Social Change through Participatory Action Research, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg
2008 Can Art Save Lives? The Creative Arts, Community Engagement and HIV/AIDS in South Africa, University of Michigan, USA
2007 Can Art Save Lives? An HIV/AIDS Action Project in South Africa, Educating Women for a World in Crisis, Newcomb College Institute, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA
2007 New Craft-Future Voices, University of Dundee, Scotland
2007 Shifting the Paradigm: The need for assessment criteria for community engaged research in Visual Arts, The State of the Art and the Artists, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch
2007 Transformational practices in community learning: a South African case study, The 14th International Learning Conference, Wits University, Johannesburg
2007 New Partners/New Knowledge: Sustaining learners and social change through participatory action research, SAADHE Conference on Community Engagement, University of Pretoria, Pretoria. Visual Arts as a tool for transformation in South Africa, Limmud South Africa, Wits Medical School, Johannesburg
2006 Glimpses of Transformation in Institutional Culture at the University of Johannesburg: A case study of Phumani Paper, South African Association of Visual Art Historians 22nd Annual Conference, Vaal University of Technology, Gauteng
2006 The Politics of Fear, The EPIIC international Symposium, Institute for Global Leadership, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA
2006 Revisiting the Past, Transforming the Future, Conference for Women’s History Month, Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA
2003 Print studios and Print politics, IMPACT 2003, University of Cape Town, Cape Town
2003 Making Histories: Revolution and Representation, School of the Museum of Fine Art, Massachusetts, USA
2002 Phumani Paper: A case study of transformation in Higher Education, First Tabeisa International Conference on Higher Education and Economic Regeneration, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town
2001 Printmaking in South Africa and its role in Social Transformation, Proof in Print: A Community of Printmaking Studios Symposium, Boston Public Library, Boston, USA
2001 The role of Art in Healing and Transformation: Paper Prayers and Papermaking poverty relief projects, Art and Healing, Wits university Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and The Art Therapy Centre, Museum Africa, Johannesburg


South Africa: Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
South African Broadcasting Corporation, Johannesburg
Billiton, Johannesburg
SASOL, Johannesburg
Constitutional Court of South Africa, Johannesburg
Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria. UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria
Stellenbosch University Art Museum, Stellenbosch
Gauteng Legislature Collection, Johannesburg
Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
International: University of Antwerp, Belgium
Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of African Art, Washington DC
Duxbury Complex Museum, Duxbury, Massachusetts, USA
Rugters Centre for Innovative Print and Paper, New Jersey, USA
Johnson and Johnson International, New Brunswick, USA
SA Department of Foreign Affairs, French Embassy
SA Department of Foreign Affairs, Argentinean Embassy
Boston Public Library, Boston, USA
Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, USA
Special United Nations Committee on South Africa, New York
Stuart Levy Gallery, New York


2010 Associate Professor, Department of Visual Arts, University of Johannesburg
2005-2010 Director on the Board and Management mentor, Phumani Paper, University of Johannesburg
2003 Guest Lecturer, USA Research visit, School of the Museum of Fine Arts; The Art Complex, Duxbury Museum; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; Browne & Nicholas School; Middlesex College; Wheaton College; Harvard University; Massachusetts College of Art; Montclair University;Art Institute of Boston; University of Michigan.
2000-2005 Programme Director, Phumani Paper, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg
1995-2009 Senior lecturer, Fine Art Department, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg
1991-2010 Founder and Executive Director, Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg
1989-1997 Instructor, Summer School Printmaking Workshop, School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
1989-1993 Development and Field Coordinator, KUSOMA Women’s Training Programme, South Africa
1984-1990 Printmaking instructor, Newtown Jewish Community Centre, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
1984-1989 Master Printer, Mixit Studios, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA


The Artists’ Press

Dislocation and collaboration: Recent Prints by Kim Berman Pamela Allara

Artist Proof Studios. A journey of reconciliation: A working paper of recasting reconciliation through culture and the arts Kim Berman in partnership with Stompie Selibe.Brandeis University 2005