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CV: Judy Ann Seidman

Personal data:

Date of birth:  7 June 1951
Place of birth:  Norwalk, Conn. USA.


Secondary School:  Achimota College, Achimota, Ghana (1961- 1966)
B.A. (sociology):  University of Wisconsin, Madision, Wis, USA (1971)
M.F.A. (fine arts-painting):  University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis (1973)
Current Occupation:
Freelance graphic artist; consultant on Arts and Culture education and issues; part-time facilitator CDP Trust, Johannesburg


Selected Publications (writing & design):

J. Seidman, Bayezwa, Paintings and drawings of Southern Africa (1979, South End Press, Boston, Ma., USA)
J.  Seidman, Face-lift South Africa  (1980, IDAF, London)
J. Seidman,   In Our Own Image, textbook for  secondary school level Cultural Studies, for Southern Africa (1990, FEP, Gaborone, Botswana); Teaching Guide to In Our Own Image (1990, FEP, Gaborone, Botswana)
member of Posterbook Collective, Images of Defiance; Protest Posters from South Africa1980 - 1990  ( Raven Press, October 1991).
member of NPPHCN collective producing“Fighting AIDS”, booklet on aids for community health workers (1993, NPPHCN)
J. Seidman, My Comrade with AIDS is still my Comrade (written, illustration, and design) with COSATU collective (Johannesburg, COSATU, 2002);
            The Social Protection handbook (collective, writing, illustration and design; COSATU 2001)
            Every worker a union member (COSATU recruitment campaign handbook); illustration, design, text, Feb. 2005.
J. Seidman, Hlanganani Basebensi:  A brief history of COSATU, Dec 2005
J. Seidman, Red on Black , the story of the South African Poster Movement (STE, Johannesburg, 2007).
J. Seidman, ed. Katorus Stories, SAHA, Johannesburg 2007
J. Seidman, ed., One Woman, Sketches/diaries, letters/notes/ Fragments from Anita Parkhurst Willcox (Createspace, USA, 2010)]
With CDP Trust, forthcoming 2011; the Naledi Ya Meso handbook, and the Art as Advocacy Handbook


Selected papers:

Various articles in Medu Art Ensemble Newsletter, 1981-85 (Gaborone, Botswana)
Regular column as art critic for Mmegi wa Dikgang, 1986- 1989
Occasional articles on culture in Africa South and East   (Johannesburg,  1992-4)
Paper on Imagery and AIDS in South Africa, presented to Images and Empire conference in Yale,University,  Feb. 1997
South African Art Historians, with Jillian Carman, paper on South African Poster Movement, Durban, South Africa,  Sept 2004.
“Drawn Lines: Belief, Emotion, and Aesthetic in the South African Poster Movement”, chapter in Phillippa Hobbs, ed,., Messages and Meaning: the MTN art collection (MTN, Johannesburg, 2006).
Autobiographical chapter in Knocking On, mothers and daughters in struggle in South Africa, CSVR, Johannesburg, 2008
“The Art of National Liberation; Thami Mnyele and Medu Art Ensemble retrospective”, in Thami + Medu, exhibition catelogue, JAG and Jacana Press, 2010
“Education for liberation”, article in Chimurenga magazine, July 2010
“Tsogang Basadi”, finding women’s voice from South Africa’s political conflict”, with NomaRussia Bonasa; presented at University of Limerick conference Women's Memory-Work: Gendered Dilemmas of Social Transformation (publication forthcoming).

Specialist advisor, Images of Defiance, exhibition of South African Political Posters, MuseumAfrica, April 2004
Sept 2006 – Dec 2008:  curator/archivist:  South African History Archives poster collection



1974 - 1981:  Self-employed artist (see exhibitions list below)
1981 - 1985:  Member and official of Medu Art Ensemble, Gaborone, Botswana
1985 - 1989:  Graphics editor/ graphics training supervisor for Mmegi wa Dikgang (weekly Botswana newspaper)
Feb. 1994 - April 1994: graphics for IEC voter education, pamphlet/poster production
1990 –   present: Posters and graphics for COSATU, AIDS organisations, SA government, women’s organisations, Zimbabwe solidarity, etc
Selected graphics include:

May 1991: Poster for 4th National Congress of COSATU
Dec 1991: Backdrop mural/poster for CODESA
1992- present:  Posters, leaflets; “Fighting AIDS”, book on aids for community health workers (NPPHCN); other graphics on AIDS (TAC, COSATU, etc.)
1994:  IEC Voter education:  graphics, posters and pamphlets
June 1994: Speak magazine:  Poster on women
Sept 1997 -  July1988:  posters, layout and graphics for Commission on Gender Equality
Sept 1999- present:  posters for COSATU campaigns
2007:   Posters for Khulumani Support Group on Disappearences



1973:              MFA exhibit, University of Wisconsin Art Gallery.
1974:              Exhibition of paintings and drawings, National Library, Lusaka, Zamiba
1975:              Exhibition of paintings and drawings, British Council, Lusaka
June, 1976:     Botswana National Museum and Art Gallery, Gaborone
Sept., 1976:     Hemmingway Art Gallery, New York, New York, USA
Mar, 1980:       Institute of Education Gallery, University of London, London (with Pitika Ntuli)
Oct., 1980:       Pentonville Gallery, Islington, London, UK. (with Pitika Ntuli)
Mar, 1984:        Botswana National Museum and Art Gallery, Gaborone.
August, 2005   Na Cidade, Jazz, exhibition of paintings and drawings, Luanda, Angola
Various posters, MTN collection;
poster The People Shall Govern, Museum of Revolutionary Art, Leningrad, Soviet Union (in 1986, current status unknown);
poster You have touched the women, Museum of Modern Art, New York


Arts and culture education/ curriculum development experience:

1978-1983: Part time art teacher, Thokoze School, Mbabane, Swaziland;  Part-time art teacher, Maru a Pula Secondary School (O and A level)
1988 - 1990:  Employed by Foundation for Education with Production in Botswana and Zimbabwe; working on developing a Cultural Studies curriculum for secondary schools.
1991 - 2001:  Consultant for Curriculum Development Project for the Creative Arts, Johannesburg; developed teacher training curricula, methodology, module on cultural perceptions etc for non-formal and primary school teacher training; and facilitating teacher training programme
1993: Developed 2- year curriculum for Dakawa Arts and Crafts school in Grahamstown (specialising on cultural perception section)
1994-1995:  Member of sub-committee for Visual Arts of National Education and Training Forum curriculum development process; engaged in developing NETF Interim Syllabi for Visual Arts (secondary school)
1995- 1996: Member of Arts Education Policy Task Team, Gauteng Ministry of Education;   member of team to develop Gauteng Arts Education Implementation Project, Guateng Ministry of Education
July 1996:  Consultant to design curriculum for module on culture, SANDF civic education programme
Dec 1996 -      May 1997:  Member of the Curriculum 2005 Arts and Culture Learning Area Committee, representing Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology for area of Culture.
May 1997 -     Dec. 1999:  Consultant for the SANDF to develop Respect for Cultural Diversity Module for Civic Education Programme (responsible for curriculum development and course design); completed course design and facilitation training programme for:  Basic  Military Training, Officers' Formative Course, NCO, Warrant Officer, Junior and Senior Staff levels.
Sept 1997            Presentation to the Gender Commission on women and images in the press.
1997 - 2006:    Occasional teacher  in layout and design for journalists, Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, Johannesburg.
2007 – present:  curator poster collection, South African History Archives (part-time)
2007 – present:  facilitator, Khulumani/SAHA art and memory workshops;
Oct 2008 –present:            facilitator for CDP Trust for: One in Nine advocacy media workshop, and Naledi Ya Meso art-making and gender workshops.


Arts and Culture Policy development experience:

Sept 94 - July 95:  Chairperson, Strategic Management Team of Gauteng Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts, Culture; developed policies and structures of Gauteng Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture


Community work:

1981 – 1985              Medu Art Ensemble; member, occasional head of graphics unit Arts
1994 – 1995              Educators Association, Gauteng, executive member
1995 – 1997            Arts and Culture Alliance, Gauteng, executive member
1997 – 1998             National HIV/AIDS/STD Media and Communications Forum, vice-chair