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Runette Kruger
Head of Department

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Runette Kruger is currently the Head of Department in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, TUT.

She matriculated in 1988 and enrolled for the Nat. Dip. Fine Arts, Technikon Witwatersrand (awarded in 1991),
the Nat. Dip. Ceramic Design at the Pretoria Technikon (awarded cum laude in 1993),
the Higher Nat. Dip. in Ceramic Design, Pretoria Technikon (awarded cum laude in 1995),
and the M-Tech Fine Arts, Pretoria Technikon (awarded cum laude in 2007).

She is currently enrolled of her DPhil Visual Studies at the University of Pretoria. She lectures Art Theory I and III and supervises M-Tech and B-tech candidates.

She has written several published artists’ catalogues and numerous newspaper reviews, and her interests lie in research and publication.
Previously she was the chair of the Advanced Research Seminar Series (2009 – 2012) hosted in the TUT Faculty of the Arts, which seeks to disseminate research in the fields of Visual-, Performance- and Applied Arts as well as design, and the Chair of the Departmental Research and Innovation Committee. As a researcher her field is the philosophical contextualisation and analysis of art practice and visual culture.

Publications:

“Photographic space as ‘third space’: negation and negotiation in the work of selected South African photographers”, in: Africa and Beyond: Arts and Sustainable Development, Ebewo, P.; Stevens, I.; Sirayi, M. (eds.). 2013; “The global body in sites: stasis and flow” – The South African Journal of Art History, Vol. 27 (2) 2012; “Liminality, absence and silence in the installation art of Jan van der Merwe” – Image and Text, Issue 17, 2011. Co-authored with Jan van der Merwe; “The utopia and dystopia of politics, identity, and hidden treasures” – review of Group exhibition UP Visual Arts Staff, Fried Contemporary, 24 November 2010 – 29 January 2011, De Arte, 2011; “The (extra)ordinary (con)texts of beauty and be-ing” – The South African Journal of Art History, Vol. 24 (1) 2009; “Layers of illusion: simulacra and identity” – Catalogue for artist Thelma van Rensburg, MAP (Modern Art Projects), Graskop, SA, November 2008; “Design and Empathy” – The South African Journal of Art History, Vol. 23 (3) 2008; “Mondrian’s abstraction: chrysalis or colony? A psychoanalytic and feminist reading” – The South African Journal of Art History, Vol. 23 (2) 2008; “Where is Utopia? An exploration of contemporary utopian Dutch thought and art” – The South African Journal of Art History, Vol. 23 (1) 2008; “Transcultural transformation: the object as hermeneutic text” – The International Journal for the Arts in Society, Vol. 2 (5) 2008; “Unity in diversity: art as the temporal reflection of the universal” – The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, Vol. 7 (5) 2008; “The romantic elements in De Stijl theory” – De Arte, # 75, December 2007; “Humanity is the client – an argument for a hermeneutic approach to design education” – Proceedings, of the Conference: Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) International Conference – FLUX: Design Education in a Changing World), Cape Town, South Africa, 3-5 October 2007; “Art in the fourth dimension: giving form to Form – the abstract paintings of Piet Mondrian” – Spaces of Utopia: an Electronic Journal, # 5 (Summer, August) 2007; “Heartlines – uncharted space” – Catalogue for artist Anita Lategan, Gordart Gallery, Johannesburg, SA, July 2007; “Giving form to thought – Delft in the fourth dimension” – National Ceramics Quarterly, journal of Ceramics Southern Africa; # 79, Autumn (April) 2007.

Awards:

Woman Researcher of the Year (2008) in the Faculty of the Arts, TUT. Lecturer of the Year (2007) in the Faculty of the Arts, TUT. Junior Researcher of the Year (2007) merit award, TUT. 2 Ceramic works acquired for Corrobric Collection – permanent collection housed at the Pretoria Art Museum; October 2006; First Prize in sculpture category, National Ceramic Exhibition, Ceramics Southern Africa (CSA), Pretoria Art Museum, August 2004.

Professional bodies:

External Examiner, Honours Programme, University of Pretoria, Department of Visual Arts, (2012-2014). External Examiner, M-Tech Programme, History of Art, North-West University (2013/14). External Examiner, M-Tech Programme, Department of Fine Art and Jewellery Design, Durban University of Technology (2012). Regional Judge for the ABSA L’Atelier Fine Arts Competition, Tshwane, (2012). External Moderator, Ceramic Department, UJ (November 2009); Peer Reviewer for Recognition of Artistic Output, School of Communication Studies, North-West University (December 2009); Peer Reviewer for Recognition of Artistic Output, Department of Visual Arts, University of Pretoria (2007-2009); Associate Editor, Volume 2 The International Journal for the Arts in Society (2008); Member of Advisory Committee, Ceramic Department, UJ, (2008); External Moderator, Ceramic Department, UJ (2008); Committee Member Afrovibes Arts Festival 2008, Den Haag, the Netherlands (2008-present); Advisory Member of Zwap – Foundation for the Promotion of Cross Disciplinary Art in the Netherlands (2008-present); Committee Member, Ceramics Southern Africa (CSA) (2001-2007); Member of Peer Review Panel for the National Quality Review of the Ceramic Department, University of Johannesburg (2006).

Runette Kruger International Dialing Tel : (+2712) 382 6159 (office) E-mail: krugerr@tut.ac.za

Runette Kruger
International Dialing Tel : (+2712) 382 6159 (office)