Senior professor in the Department of Fine Arts within the Faculty of the Humanities at the University of the Free State, Prof Willem Boshoff, recently received an A2 rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF).
According to a statement by UFS, this is a first for them and the country in the field of art. Prof Boshoff is mentoring postgraduate students and works on the Bloemfontein Campus during certain months of the year, while he remains based in Gauteng.
Globally, Prof Boshoff’s sought-after sculptures offer much more than meets the eye. They are drenched in text, either on the artwork itself, or accompanied by a detailed description of the piece. He writes dictionaries and is fascinated with words.
“This rating opens up the playing field in science for art, which is wonderful,” Prof Boshoff said.
He believes that art captures something of the human spirit, therefore creative work is bound to emerge in trying times. NRF ratings are allocated based on research outputs and are a valuable tool to benchmark researchers against the best in the world.