Department of Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology

Dr G Miller

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 429 6398
Fax: 012 429 3556


  • MVA (UP, 1997), DLitt et Phil (Art History) (UNISA, still reading

Fields of academic interests

Research interests

  • All forms of contemporary art
  • Interdisciplinary theories concerning the sublime
  • Practice theory
  • The discourse around intermediality and the arts
  • Transmedia narratives
  • Relational aesthetics
  • Art as activism
  • New media, installation art, animation, interactive art, conceptual art
  • Ecological and public issues with a focus on community

Field of Specialisation

  • Intermedia practice; the extension and diffusion of boundaries between digital and analogue arts
  • The aesthetics of the sublime
  • Practice-led research methodologies
  • Contemporary Painting
  • Curation of Art Exhibitions 

Journal articles

  • Miller, G & De Villiers, C. 2014. The Journey to Freedom Narratives: Novel Methods of Engagement. SEEN Journal (XIV.1) – Unsettled Ground. Taylor University, US.
  • Miller, G. 2012: TRANSCODE: dialogues around intermedia practice. Published proceedings of the 27th Annual SAVAH Conference 4-7 July 2012, UNISA Pretoria.
  • Miller, G. 2011. Weggooi-verf word argeologiese fonds: Carolyn Parton. Article under Kunskyk in Beeld. 6 Sept: p10.
  • Miller, G. 2011. TRANSCODE: dialogues around intermedia practice. 16 page exhibition pamphlet.
  • Miller, G. 2010. Mediated Systems. In DESIGN>ART No. 2. Pretoria: DESIGN>MAGAZINE, December 2010, Volume:Nr 2, 196-203. ISSN:1814-7240.
  • Miller, G. 2010. Absa L’Atelier 2010 catalogue, Introduction. Johannesburg: Absa.'Atelier-Catalogue.pdf
  • Miller, G. 2009. Absa L’Atelier 2009 catalogue, Introduction. Johannesburg: Absa.'Atelier-Catalogue.pdf
  • Miller, G. 2008. Erasure negotiates memory, introduction to the catalogue of Kai Lossgott, for the exhibition Nothing with skin is blind.
  • Miller, G. 2007. Digital Projects, in The Journey to Freedom Narratives, edited by FB Anderson. Pretoria: UNISA. 

Professional positions, fellowships & awards


  • 2013 – Present: Coordinator of Higher Degrees Committee, Dept. Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology, UNISA
  • 2009-2012: Coordinator of Visual Arts, UNISA
  • 1997 – Present: Lecturer in Visual Arts, Dept. Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology, UNISA
  • MVA external examiner experience: Wits: 2008, 2012, 2015; UCT: 2015; UP: 2001, 2007, 2010, 2012; Free State: 2010, 2011, 2013, Greenside Design Center, College of Design: 2010


  • Judging the final rounds of National Art competitions (since 2010): 2015, 2012 SASOL New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, 2009 & 2010 National co-ordinating Judge, Absa L’Atelier, 2010 Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards


  • 1983 and 1984 Gregoire Boonzaier Bursary, best Painting student
  • 1991 Award, North-West University, youth leadership delegation, Taiwan
  • 2004 Gold award for the project Journey to Freedom Narratives at FNB Craft Now
  • 2007 UNISA Woman of the Year Nominee: for personal, leadership and mentorship roles in relation to Women-in-the-Workplace, Unisa Women’s forum
  • 2008 UNISA’s nominee in Arts and Culture, for Checkers Woman of the year
  • 2012 UNISA Women-in-Research Award: Developing Researcher


  • City Council Centurion
  • North-West University
  • ABSA Art Collection
  • Telkom Art Collection
  • UNISA Art Collection
  • Sasol Art Collection
  • SAHMS (South African Health Medical Military Service) Art Collection


(Selected since 2003)

  • 2015 Conference paper "The Intermedial nature of Practice-led Research" Research and innovation conference, UNISA, Pretoria.
  • 2014 & 2015 Project leader for the New Hope School Animation Project, Pretoria.
  • 2013, Oct Conference paper "Mediamatic processes in the hybrid artworks of Frederik Eksteen" at Rethinking Intermediality in the Digital Age, ISIS (the International Society for Intermedial Studies) at Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
  • 2013, Sep Seminar paper "Reflecting on Practice–led Methodology in DLitt et Phil." Higher Degrees Seminar, Dept. Art history and Visual Arts, UNISA, Pretoria.
  • 2013, Jul Panellist in a round table discussion at the exhibition Metromusings, University of Pretoria.
  • 2013, June Coordinate colloquium: Art and spirituality, at UNISA Art Gallery for a contingent of academics from Taylor University. Public lecture "Narrative strategies of embroidery and animation as transmedia journeys" to visiting group of senior academics from US, requested by Prof Rachel Smith (Ph.D. Gilkison Professor in Art History, Taylor University, US), Senate Room, UNISA.
  • 2012, July Conference paper: "TRANSCODE: dialogues around intermedia practice" at the 27th Annual SAVAH Conference, UNISA Pretoria.
  • 2012, March Conference paper: "Dialogues between craft and digital art: Intermedia practice and remediation" at CULTURAL HERITAGE AND THE CREATIVE ARTS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. Johannesburg.
  • 2011, Sept Colloquium: "TRANSCODE – the relationship between theory and practice in practice-led research." Higher Degrees Seminar, Dept. Art history and Visual Arts, UNISA, Pretoria.
  • 2011, Jan Conference paper "Intermedia practice in the embroideries of The Journey to Freedom Narratives" at: OTHER VIEWS: ART HISTORY IN (SOUTH) AFRICA AND THE GLOBAL SOUTH. An international colloquium organized by SAVAH under the aegis of the Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA) Wits, Johannesburg,
  • 2003 – 2007 The Journey to Freedom narratives. Initiator and director of the Multimedia project, which included collaboration with Boitumelo, Intuthuko, digital artists and the UNISA Melodia Chorale.
  • Embroidery from empowerment projects led by Celia de Villiers, Wendy Ross and Erica Luttich.
  • Direct 12 animations, working with a team of 7 animation artists:
  • Visit the University of Mississippi, USA on invitation, 2003, with Thembela Vokwana, conductor of the UNISA Melodia Chorale.
  • 2004 July and September: Project manager. 3 Performance with UNISA Melodia Chorale with multimedia projection of digital animations at ZA Matthews Hall, UNISA, Pretoria.
  • 2007 Journey to Freedom narratives publication:
  • Project manager. 2007 The Journey to Freedom narratives DVD: conceptual director and assistant publisher.
  • April 2003 Community project: Die Verraaier. 3 performances at The Aula, UP, Pretoria. Digital Art projection presented simultaneously with performance and choir music.
  • 2001 – present Co-curate a yearly public exhibition including Top Third Level students at UNISA Art Gallery.



GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection from 130+ projects)

  • 2015, May-Jun Terra, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein
  • Staff show, Unisa Art Gallery, Pretoria
  • 2015, Mrch transcode, co-curator with Mandy Conidaris, also participant. OutoftheCUBE
  • 2014, Sept Art and Fashion, Cool Capital event, St Lorient, Pretoria
  • 2014, July Innibos, Nelspruit. & From Innibos to Pretoria, Association of Arts Gallery, Pretoria
  • 2013 Dialogues 2013, Orangerie Exhibition Çenter of the French Senate15 Rue de Vaugirard, Paris.
  • 2012, Aug Larroque Art festival, Midi-Pyrenees, France.
  • 2012, Jun-Jul Terra Pericolosa. Fried Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria.
  • 2011 TRANSCODE: dialogues around intermedia practice, curator and participant, for DLitt et Phil
  • 2010 Land: diversity and Unity, Co-curator and participant, Hyderabad, India
  • Dystopia: curated by Elfriede Dreyer and Jacob Lebeko. Unisa Art Gallery, Pretoria & Museum Africa, Johannesburg, 2010: Oliewenhuis Art Museum,
  • 2008 A century in the service of knowledge: Visuality/Commentary. The Centenary exhibition of the University of Pretoria, curated by Elfriede Dreyer and Jeanne v Eeden, Pretoria.
  • 2008 Sept,Oct Interventions, curated by Koos van der Watt and Jacob Lebeko. UNISA Art Gallery
  • 2008 International Film Festival: Journey to Freedom Narratives, Middlebury College, USA
  • 2005- 2008 Weavings of War Fabrics of Memory, travelling exhibition USA, curated by Ariel Zeitlin and Marsha MacDowell, Michigan State University
  • 2005: Vermont, Erie, Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin,
  • 2006: Michigan State University Museum, Michigan, Hostos Center for Arts and Culture, New York, Institute for Community Research, Connecticut
  • 2007: University Galleries, School of the Arts, Boca Raton, Florida,
  • 2008: Michigan State University Museum, Michigan, USA
  • 2005 – 2008 Afetos Roubados do Tempo / Stolen Affection, curated by Prof Viga Gordilho, (Brazil).
  • 2005 Goethe Institute Salvador: premiere, Brazil, 18 November 2005
  • 2006 University of Pernamabuco Brazil, Museum, Bienal de Arts de São Paolo, BAHIA
  • 2007 University of Santa Marcelina, Brazil, Salvador, Prize winning exhibition
  • 2008 The foundation of Palau Ducal Dels Borja de Grandia, Valencia, Spain
  • Jun-Aug 2003 WAM, Sasol Wax Art and Music Festival, Sasolburg
  • Aug 2002 Amazing Books and Graphics, Outreach Gallery, College of Education, Wits
  • Sept 2001 Art on Paper, Melville, Johannesburg
  • July 2001 Manuscript 3 part of Wordfest, Grahamstown Art Festival
  • Oct/Nov 2000, CROSS-CUT CRISS-CROSS, with Karin Lijnes at Millennium Gallery, Pretoria
  • Nov 2000 Weft & Warp' 70, South African Artists, The Civic Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • June 2000 Cloth Workers Coalition, African Window, Pretoria.
  • Nov, 1996 South African Art in Egypt, Akhnatoun Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.
  • April, 1992 Visions for Reconciliation, Pan African Conference, Potchefstroom Museum.


  • 1990, Jul Potchefstroom Museum.
  • 1990, Nov S.A. Art Association, Momentum building, Pretoria.
  • 1992, Oct S.A. Art Association, Volkskas Bank Art Centre, Pretoria.
  • 1997, Sept MVA Exhibition, Old Arts Gallery, University of Pretoria.
  • Dreyer, E. 2015. TERRA. Catalogue for TERRA. Curator: Elfriede Dreyer. Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein.
  • Du Plessis, R. 2013. Unisa STAFF-STUFF art exhibition. De Arte: views and (re)views(87):61-67.
  • Lüneburg, N. 2012. The Terra series: ‘Terra Firma’, ‘Terra Nullius’, ‘Terra incognita’, ‘Terra
  • Periscolosa’. De Arte: views and (re)views(86):39-57., SM. 2012. The dialectic of dialogue. De Arte: views and (re)views(85): 59-62.
  • Lauwrens, Jenni. 2012. Gevaarlike landskappe lê ook in kop en lyf: Terra Periscolosa, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria. Review, Beeld, 27 July:13.
  • Art: forever innovating. UNISAWISE. Winter 2012: 30-33.
  • Myburg, J, 2011. Kuns in gesprek oor gesprek tussen media. Review, Beeld, 27 September:18.
  • De Villiers, C. 2011. Stadsmens se band met tegnologie. Article, Kunskyk Beeld:13.
  • Coding Meaning across apparent Boundaries. UNISAWISE, Summer:41-43.
  • Naidu, KR, 2011. State of the Art. Link Magazine.
  • Dreyer, E. 2009. Dystopia. Catalogue for the South African part of the exhibition. Curator: Elfriede Dreyer. Co-curator: Jacob Lebeko. South African venues: Unisa Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa. May 23 – June 30, 2009 Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa. October 8 – November 15, 2009. (ISBN 978-0-620-43443-0)
  • Van der Merwe, CL. 2009. The Journey to Freedom continues. UNISAWISE, Summer:16-21.
  • Van der Watt, JP. 2008. Interventions. Curator Koos Van der Watt. Co-curator: Jacob Lebeko. Unisa Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa. September 2008.
  • Van Eeden, J (ed). 2008. Catalogue of the Centenary art exhibition of the Department of Visual Arts, UP, entitled Visuality/Commentary. Curators: Margareth Gradwell, Elfriede Dreyer and Pieter Swanepoel. 12 – 21 May 2008,. Pretoria: UP.
  • Dreyer, E. 2008. Unlocking identities in globalising South African art. Image and Text:42-52.
  • Woolworths making a difference through design, 2005. Education Resource Guide, Arts and Culture. Sponsored by Woolworths, Design Indaba and Sappi.
  • De la Harpe, H. 2000. The emergence of an eco-feminist consciousness in South Africa: examining the human/nature relationship in art. De Arte 61, April 2000:7-23.
  • Bentley, Kin. 1999. Hogsback Eco-exhibition. Port Elizabeth Herald, Sept 1999.
  • Environmental art exhibition. 1999. Saturday Dispatch, 18 Sept 1999.
  • Lawson, Shona. 1999. Women artists join forces to boost ecology. East Cape Weekend, 25 Sept 1999
  • Rivalland, T, Bernstone-Pender, B & Collard, C (eds). 1998. The Collector’s Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa. Claremont: The South African Institute of Artists & Designers.
  • Badenhorst, Liese. 1997. Midsummer Night’s Dream. Die Perdeby, Sept 1997.
  • Campbell, J, Munitz, B & Rousso, E (eds).1997. A Directory of South African Contemporary Art. Stanford: Contemporary Arts Publishers.
  • Contemporary Art. 1997. Catalogue compiled by The Open Window Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria.
  • Phillips, F. 1997. Vrou en aarde in heilige alliansie. Kalender, bylae tot Die Beeld, 1 Oktober 1997.
  • Interview with Theo of Radio Tuks, 1997.
  • Stevens, M. 1997. Rich, complex works show a return to nature. Interval, The Pretoria News, 30 September 1997.
  • Klem op eie Kunstenaars. 1996. PU Kaner, Skakelblad van die Bond van Oud-Pukke, PU vir CHO, 1996, p30-31.
  • Labyrinth (Full Colour image of the painting). 1996. Kalender, bylae tot Die Beeld, 16 January 1996.
  • Loedolff, C and Stevens, M (eds). 1996. South African Art in Egypt, Introduction to the Catalogue for the Exhibition in Cairo, 1996. Compiled by The Association of Arts Petoria.
  • Icon for Noble Thoughts (Full Colour image of the art work). 1995. Interval, The Pretoria News, 5 December 1995.
  • Stevens, I. 1992. Review on solo exhibition, Pretoria News.
  • Albrie, Hettie. 1990. Doelgerigtheid en sorg val op. Kalender, bylae tot Die Beeld, 30 November 1990.
  • Emosie Spreek uit Werke. 1990. Potchefstroom Herald, 3 Augustus 1990.
  • Dosent stal by Museum uit. 1990. Potchefstroom Herald, 27 July 1990.
  • Solo-uitstalling open 27 Julie. 1990. Potchefstroom Herald, 24 July 1990.
  • Stevens, M. 1990. McLellan achieves mood, atmosphere. Interval, The Pretoria News, 21 November 1990.
  • Alberton Artists in Gallery. 1988. Verwoerdburg News, 1 July 1988.
  • Miles, E. 1987. Die Waarde van Lyn. Kalender, bylae tot Die Beeld, 5 June 1987.