Kim Berman
Kim Berman Kim Berman

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. Berman is a Professor in Visual Art at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), and Executive Director and co-founder of Artist Proof Studio (APS), a community-based printmaking centre in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Arts Education

2009: Doctor of Philosophy, School of the Arts (Cultural Management, Heritage and Tourism), University of the Witwatersrand. 
1989: Master of Fine Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts.
1981: Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Exhibitions (solo) - South Africa

2010: Dislocated Landscapes, Art on Paper gallery, Johannesburg.
2006: Kim Berman Prints, Bayside Gallery, Durban.
2005: New work by Kim Berman, Art on Paper gallery, 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.
2006: Kim Berman, Resistance and Renewal: Selected work from 1985-2005, Slater Concourse Gallery, Tufts University, Boston.
2003: On Their Own: Recent Work, The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Massachusetts.
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, Boston.

Exhibitions (group) - South Africa

2010: Painters who Print-Art on Paper, The Gallery, Grand Provence, Franschhoek.
2008: Staff Exhibition, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg.
2006: Aardklop National Arts Festival, Snowflake Building, Potchefstroom.
2005: Artists in Conversation, Telkom Oral History Project, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria.
2005: Women for Children, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2005: Resistance, Reconciliation, Reconstruction, De Beers Centenary Gallery, University of Fort Hare, Alice; William Humphreys Gallery, Kimberley.
2003: Repositioning, RAU Art Gallery, Johannesburg. 
2002: Landscape, Old Arts Gallery, University of Pretoria, Pretoria.
2002: Transformation: Works on Paper, Art on Paper Gallery, Johannesburg.
2001: Borders, University of Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Stellenbosch.
2001: Manuscripts, Grahamstown Art Festival, Grahamstown.
2001: Art on Paper gallery, Johannesburg
2000: Mnmesyne, University of the Witwaterand, Johannesburg. 
1998: We are One: Women artists, United Nations Building, Pretoria.
1998: Images of Human Rights Portfolio, Travelling exhibition, South Africa and USA.
1996: Alternative Printmaking from Gauteng, Stellenbosch University Museum, Stellenbosch.
1996: Artist Proof Studio, Ibis Gallery, New Bethesda.
1996: Gay Rights Re-Writes, Gertrude Posel Gallery, Johannesburg.
1995: Volatile Alliances, Africus Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg.
1995: Arts Alive: Artist Proof Exhibition, Berman Gallery, Johannesburg.
1995: Arts Alive: Steamrollers Prints, ICA Gallery, Newtown, Johannesburg.
1993: Woman on Woman, Seef Trust Gallery, Cape Town.
1993: First Print Show, Artist Proof Studio, Market Galleries, Joahnnesburg.
1982: Symphony and the System, Trevor Coleman Gallery, Johannesburg.
1982: Art and Resistance, Gaberone, Botswana.

Exhibitions (group) - International

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


2019: Fellowship, Ampersand Foundation, New York.
2017: Artist in Residency, The Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ireland.
2003: Artist in Residency, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
2001: Artist in Residency, Frans Masereel Centrum Kasterlee, Belgium.
1999: Visiting Artist, Rugters Centre for Innovative Print Paper, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
1993: Artist in Residency, Frans Masereel centrum, Antwerp, Belgium.


2019: Berman, K & Le Baron M. 'Crossing Worlds: South–North Collaborations as Creative Encounters with Arts, Humanities and Sciences', Critical Arts. Routledge.
2018: Kim Berman, 'Artist Books as Democratic Force', in Books Bones & Other Things, Sun Media.
2018: Mchunu, K and Berman, K. 'Arts-based methods as tools for co-design in a South African community-based design co-operative', Cubic Journal.
2017: Sarra, J. and Berman, K. 'Ubuntu as a Tool for Resilience: Arts, Microbusiness, and Social Justice in South Africa', Conflict Resolution Quarterly
2017: Kim Berman. 'Finding Voice: A Visual Arts Approach to Engaging Social Change', New Public Scholarship, University of Michigan Press, Michigan.
2013: Kim Berman, 'Students as Agents of Change: Engagement between University-based art students and Alternative Spaces', Third Text, 2013, vol 27, ed. 3.
2011: Kim Berman, 'Artist Proof Studio: twenty years of responding to South African transformation imperatives', De Arte, vol. 84, University of South Africa.
2011: Kim Berman. 'Craft enterprise development: Surviving, responding to, and transforming a South African government poverty alleviation programme', Journal of Arts and Communities (JAAC), Vol. 1, ed. 3.
2011: Kim Berman, 'Artist Proof Studio Turns Twenty', Art South Africa. Vol. 10, ed. 04.
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, Cape Town.
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.
2008: 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: Kim Berman and Stompie Selibe, 'Artist Proof Studios: A journey of reconciliation'. Brandeis University.
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 Publishing, Johannesburg (catalogue).
1998: Cliffors Collard, (ed.), 'The Collectors Guide to Art & Artists in South Africa', SA Institute of Artists and Designers, Chase Publishing, United Kingdom.
1998: 'Paper Prayers – Aids Awareness through the art of Printmaking', The Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology.
1997: Philipa Hobbs & Elizabeth Rankin (eds.), 'Printmaking in a transforming South Africa', David Philip, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
1996: Steven Sack (ed.), 'Common and Uncommon ground: South African Art in Atlanta', City Gallery East, Georgia.
1990: Kim Berman, 'People’s Printmaking & Papermaking Handbook', COSAW, Cape Town.


2019: Grant, UJ Teaching and Learning Innovation Award. 
2018: Fellowship, Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies (PWIAS) at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS).
2011: Award, National Research Foundation Competitive Research Grant.
2006: Sasol Wax Award, Sasol Basement Gallery, Johannesburg.
2008: Best researcher Prize for 2007/8 Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg.
2007: Gold Award, Everglades International Film Festival, Durban.
2006: Alumni Recognition Award, Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship, Tufts University, Massachusetts
2004: Art and Culture Trust Award, Best Funded Project: Artists Proof Studio.
2004: Vice Chancellor’s Special Research Award: Joint Postgraduate Supervisor of the Year, Trans World Radio. 
2003: Vice Chancellor Special Research Award: Best Senior Researcher.
2003: Wits Alumni Honour Award Nominee, Outstanding contribution to the Community.
2001: Runner up, the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) awards 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, Michigan.
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.
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. 2007: 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.
2006: Revisiting the Past, Transforming the Future, Conference for Women’s History Month, Montclair State University, New Jersey.
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.
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.
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.


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.
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.
Johnson and Johnson International, New Brunswick.
SA Department of Foreign Affairs. 
Boston Public Library, Boston.
Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston.
Special United Nations Committee on South Africa, New York.
Stuart Levy Gallery, New York.


2010: Mentor, Mpumalanga Journey, Artspace, Johannesburg.
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 and University of Michigan.
2003-2004: International Fellowship: Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts, Waltham, Massachusetts.
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: Founder and Executive Director, Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg.
1989-1997: Instructor, Summer School Printmaking Workshop, School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts.
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.