Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Kimberly Cleveland

Second Advisor

John Decker

Third Advisor

Susan Richmond


South African artists played an expansive philanthropic role throughout the stages of the apartheid movement. Their artwork ranged from reflective to pro-active and reconciliatory. Although many scholars argue that South African artists were agents of social change, scholars have not drawn a connection between South African art history and philanthropy. Philanthropy is a platform from which artists can serve as catalysts within society. This thesis argues that South African artists acted philanthropically through their work to challenge the destructive social mores enforced by apartheid.