The Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg has appointed artist, historian and writer Dr Same Mdluli as its new manager. "I have always loved being surrounded by beautiful things and initially wanted to study architecture," she says. "However, something about it seemed too restrictive, with too many rules. I opted for fine art as I thought I would be able to learn the same critical skills without the restrictions." Born in Botswana and raised in the US (where one of her earliest memories is of a visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art as a child on an excursion with family friends), Mdluli matriculated from the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein in 2001. She completed a B-Tech in fine arts at the then Wits Technikon. "I then did a teacher training course in art and culture," she says. "This allowed me to apply to schools as a teacher while practising as an artist. I was then offered a job as an arts administrator at the Goodman Gallery, which was opening a new Cape Town branch....

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