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Title Description
2009-2014

Completed a Doctor of Philisophy at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) in Johannesburg. The thesis was entitled South African Taxi Hand Signs. Documenting the History and Significance of Taxi hand signs through Anthropology and Art, including the invention of a Tactile Shape-language for Blind people.

2000-2004

Completed a Masters of Technology in Fine Arts (cum laude) at Wits Technicon. Entitled, The Conceptual and Practical Realisation of a Corporate Art Commission. The art for the thesis was a fivestory high 3.5 Ton aluminium installation, entitled Mobile City

1967-1971

Four years Fine Art Teachers Diploma, at the Johannesburg School of Art (Wits Technicon.

1992

Solo Exhibition, Karen Mckerron Gallery, Crisis, Johannesburg

1992

Exhibited at Newtown Gallery, Springs Arts Festival, Johannesburg.

1993

Solo Exhibition Hostel Crisis, Carter Presidential Center, Atlanta. Woolf’s artworks on Hostels and Crises in South Africa were exhibited at the Carter Presidential Center. Former USA President Jimmy Carter and Bill Campbell (then Mayor of Atlanta) invited Woolf to bring an exhibition of South African Art to Atlanta during the Cultural Olympiad as part of the 1996 Olympic Games

1994

Solo art exhibition, Sanlam Bellville Art Gallery, Cape Town. Sanlam acquired an artwork from the woman series.

1994

Exhibition, Metropolitan Life Gallery, Cape Town.

April 1996

Project Director of South African Art To Atlanta, Common & Uncommon Ground. Opened in the City Gallery East (Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs) during the Cultural Olympiad, 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Curator was Steven Sack and co-director artist Lesley Ann Price. It included the Paper Prayers for Aids project from the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Forty three South African artworks were exhibited for three months. The Exhibition was used by the main sponsor Daimler-Benz, as their Olympic Project.

1996-1997

Exhibition “Condition/Response” At Simmons Visual Arts Center of Bernau University. Atlanta.

1996 -1997

Solo Exhibition, Towards Mandela At The King Plow Art Center, Atlanta. Invited By Leadership Atlanta (Fulton County) And One Hundred Black Men, Woolf was simultaneously exhibiting at Bernau University for Woman in Atlanta

1997

Exhibited at B’nai B’rith Klutznic National Jewish Museum, In Washington Dc. The potter, a composite of eight charcoal works were on exhibit at the exhibition entitled Realm between Realms, Histories between Histories.

1997

Lifetimes South African Art in Munich, Germany. Curator: Ruth Sack.

1997

Exhibited in Fifty Stories, at the top of the Carlton. A Johannesburg Biennale Fringe Exhibition. Curator: Storm Van Rensburg.

1997

Solo Exhibition in the Carlton Centre in the City Centre.

1997

Exhibited resin sculptures Towards Mandela in the Bannister Art Gallery of Rhode Island College in New York.

1997

Solo Exhibition of the Healing Installation and Art Books in Museum Africa.

1998

Exhibited in Buttons, Civic Art Gallery, Johannesburg.

1998

Woolf was involved in a low-cost housing project in Devland (Johannesburg). The project included finding a low-cost government subsidised house for her domestic worker and three children. Woolf supervised the extension of this one roomed ‘house’. This resulted in the Healing art installation and thirty individually designed art books, which were exhibited in Museum Africa for six months. The community were involved in drinking the tea used in the artwork. Each teabag represented the hope of acquiring one house in the future. Woolf was assisted by imbali visual literacy projects in planning two day teacher training courses in the city. The healing installation was considered as a possible education instrument by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York’s education facility.

1998

Fellowship in New York through The Ampersand Foundation of S.A.

1998-1999

Created, with two architects Cawood And Levin, The Mobile City Sculpture for Absa Towers North Building. Woolf , Levin and Cawood designed the Mobile City for the North Atrium from 1998 – 2000 in a two year collaboration with engineers and fabricators. The Mobile City installation consists of 3 tones of aluminium. It is motorised, rotating and moving up and down five floors.

2000

Sculpture commission completed for law firm Edward, Nathan & Friedland

2000

Exhibited Is this your face? No! It is the face of your mother and father, at the Civic Art Gallery in Johannesburg together with recipients of the Ampersand Foundation Award (Residency in New York).

2002

Completed the Degree of Master of Technology in Fine Arts at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

2002

Awarded best presentation for a research project by the TWR.

2003

Exhibited Mapping Generations with fellows of the Ampersand Foundation Award, at the Warren Siebrits Modern and Contemporary Gallery in Johannesburg. This artwork is made up of 2600 cheque book stubs and an accompanying Artbook.

2004

Exhibited a shadow sculpture entitled Table Of Contents in an exhibition Oppitafel at the Art Space Gallery in Johannesburg. The shadow reads Table of Contents in Shorthand

2005

Charcoal drawings exhibited at the Mason Murer Gallery in Atlanta

2006

Woman of Worth mural on exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Atlanta.

2008

At the Civic Art Gallery in Johannesburg. A maquette carved out of different woods for an outdoor sculpture. It is a design of a composite of eleven concrete sculptures, some several meters high, entitled Witness: Shadow of Ubuntu. In natural sunlight the ‘witnesses’ project shadows which collectively read Ubuntu throughout the year, every day, at a specific time. ‘Ubuntu’ is an Africanism for respect and friendship

2008

Participant in an art exhibition Mandela @ 90 at the New South African Constitutional Court for Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday. Witness: Shadow of Ubuntu was included in the exhibit.

2008

Participated in exhibition at the Thompson Art Galley. 8 August 2008. Witness: Shadow of Ubuntu was included in the exhibit.

2008

Jacob’s Ladder exhibition at the Art Space, Johannesburg.

2009

Museum Africa: Launch of the Taxi Hand Sign Book for the Blind. A tactile shape language designed for Blind people to read the Taxi Hand Signs.

2009

Participated in an exhibition at Kievetskroon. Artspace, Parktown. Artworks were entitled Past Tense Furture Perfect.

2010

South African Post Office launch at the Standard Bank Art Gallery of Taxi hand signs on the 2010 South African National Commemorative Stamp.

2011

Participated in a group exhibition entitled Talk to Me at the MoMa (Museum of Modern Art) in New York with the artworks Taxi hand signs: Shape lingo for Blind people.

2011

Participated in an International Experiential Exhibition, in New Town entitled Dialogue In The Dark.

2013

Exhibition at WAM (Wits Art Museum). South African Taxi Hand Signs: Symbolic Landscapes of Public Culture.

2013

Exhibited in group exhibition We Love Mandela at Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London. Exhibited also in Cape Town at the VNA and in December 2014. Mandela was 95 at the exhibition We Love Mandela: It was held at the Welz Studio, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton.

2015

Participated in the Artists Proof Studio group exhibition at Absa Gallery. Hand made paper artworks and prints from the series The Other Side, produced at Phalmani Paper Mill and Artists Proof Studio.

2016

Solo Exhibition. Taxi Hand Signs (extended). SAJM South African Jewish Museum. Cape Town.

2016

FNB Johannesburg Art Fair. Contemporary African Art. Participated with Artist Proof Studio

2017

Participated in Booknesses: South African Book Arts Exhibition. Fada Gallery at the University of Johannesburg.

2017

Participated in Life on Paper: Prints from South Africa, Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Boston USA.

2017

Participated in WORDS outdoor and indoor gallery exhibition. Nirox farm. Cradle of Human Kind, Gauteng.

2018

Exhibition showcasing the tactile shape system at the 8th International Society for Gesture. ISGS. Cape Town.

2018

Woolf has exhibited in Atlanta, New York, and Washington in the USA, in Munich, in Germany and in Cape town, Johannesburg and Pretoria South Africa.