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Kara Schoeman

Kara Schoeman is a Free State based artist who specialises mostly in sculpture, installations and video projections. She is a Fine Art Guest Lecturer at the University of the Free State's Bloemfontein campus, a Psychology fascilitator at the same University's Qwaqwa campus and recently received her Honours degree in Art Therapy (cumlaude) from the University of Johannesburg. She is currently completing her Masters degree in Art Therapy, she forms part of the very first cohort of Art Therapy students in South Africa. The works we see from her deals with the extinction of various species and the impact that extinction has on the human Psyche. She creates intricate metal art through recycling aluminium. She melts down various auto-motor parts, and then cast it into detailed functional artworks.

Schoeman graduated with a BA Fine Art Degree (Cum laude) from the University of the Free State in 2016. Thereafter she graduated with a BA Honours degree in Psychology at the University of the Free State in 2017. She achieved her Honours degree in Art therapy with cumlaude in 2021. During her studies, Schoeman was awarded the best Fine Art student of her year group for two consecutive years. She was also awarded the best over all Art History student in 2015. Graduating her BA Fine Art degree with distinction. She has exhibited her work in numerous galleries such as the Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Map Gallery, UJ Art Gallery, Young Blood Art Gallery, Gallery on Leviseur, ABSA Gallery, Art@Clocktower Gallery, Art@Africa and Design Indaba.

Schoeman is currently a Guest Lecturer at the Fine Art department of the University of the Free State. She is also a Facilitator at the University of the Free State’s Psychology Department. Schoeman runs an Educational sculpture casting foundry where she teaches the youth of Clarens’ Township Kgubetswana how to cast sculptures out of scrap metal.

In the past Schoeman has curated and co-curated a few exhibitions. She worked as a Gallery Assistant at the Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery during 2015 to 2017. She has been employed by the University of the Free State for many years, as a Junior Lecturer in Fine Art during 2020, a Student Assistant to first and second year Fine Art Students from 2014 to 2017. As a Lecture Assistant for Bed education students in their Art and Culture Modules in 2016 and 2017. And she Tutored the second year Art history and Image studies students in 2017. 

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2014            Golden Key International Honour Society Award

2015             Award for best second year Fine Art student

                     Finalist PPC Imaginarium Art Competition

2016            Award for best third year Fine Art student    

                    Award for best overall Art History student 

                    Finalist Phatsohane Henney New Breed Art Competition

2017            Award for best fourth year Fine Art student

2018            Awarded third place for "Aluminium bowl" at InniBos National Craft Awards

2018            Finalist L'Atelier Art Competition 

2018            Finalist Phatsohane Henney New Breed Art Competition

2019           Design Indaba, Emerging Creatives class of 2019

2020           National Art Council Grant Holder: Clarens Metal Foundry Educational project: Metal Sculpture Casting for Youth in need

2021           House and Garden magazine: Women shaping design 2021


2013             “Fracking”, Map, Richmond Gallery, Richmond Northern Cape


2014             “Oculus”, Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, Bloemfontein,                    

2014             “PPC Imaginarium, Finalists Exhibition”, UJ Art gallery, Johannesburg

2015             μερáκi (May-rah-kee), Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, Bloemfontein (as artist and co-curator)

2015             Design Indaba, Annual Expo, Cape Town International Convention Centre

2015             “The Shift of Emancipation” Social Justice and Reconciliation Institute, UFS, Bloemfontein

2015            “PPC Imaginarium Award and Exhibition”, Young Blood Art Gallery, Cape Town

2016             “Motswako | Miscellany | Mengelmoes”, Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, Bloemfontein

2016             “Phatsoane Henney New Breed Art Competition, Finalists Exhibition”, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein

2017             “Graduates, Annual Final Year Student Exhibition”, Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, Bloemfontein (as artist and co-curator)

2018            “Dwell in Possibilities”, Gallery On Leviseur, Bloemfontein (as artist and co-curator)

2018            “Flux” Free State Art Festival. Winner of Visual Art Award of 2018 at Vrystaat Art Festival Awards

2018             “Absa L’Atelier” ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg

2018             “Phatsoane Henney New Breed Art Competition, Finalists Exhibition”, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein

2018              “Under the Sea”, GalleryOne11, Cape Town

2019              “Betwixt & Between”, Free State Art Festival, Bloemfontein

2019              “Free State Art Collective”, RMP Turbine art fair, Johannesburg

2019              “Art@Africa”, RMP Turbine art fair, Johannesburg

2019              “Weapons of Mass Seduction”, Art@Clocktower Gallery, Cape Town

2020              "Blue dot exhibition", Online exhibition hosted by Art@Africa

2020              "Grounded" Online exhibition, Vrystroom, Free State Arts Festival            

2020               Curator of "Grounded exhibition" Vrystroom, Free State Arts Festival

2021              “Emotion”, ABSA Gallery, Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees

2022              "The big art gallery", The Aesthete, The old mushroom farm, Midlands Kwazulu-Natal


2013             “Vreking”, Map, Richmond Gallery, Richmond Northern Cape

2016             “Quantum Mechanics: Double slit experiment” Phatshoane Henney Attorneys  

2018             “Cell Division” Phatshoane Henney Attorneys, Bloemfontein


Numerous throughout RSA, USA, NZ, UK, Europe & Canada

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