Prior to coming to the USA, Rob was Head of the Department of Fine Art and then Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg. As Dean, he was involved in the transformation of the institution away from apartheid structures. He is Director of Creative Art Start, LLC, a company that runs successful after-school programs and a summer art camp in New York City. He is also co-founder, with his partner Cindy Maguire of ArtsAction Group (AAG), an international community-based collective committed to facilitating arts initiatives with children and youth in conflict-affected environments.
Rob is a practicing artist/designer/inventor. His work is in private and public collections in South Africa. Rob’s current work is centered on socially engaged art in partnership with the communities where he works. Through respect, open dialogue, and long-term cooperation, Rob and AAG work with local partners to create, produce and share these experiences with a broader global audience. Current projects are at Fellbach Haus Centre for Creative Education in Suhareka, Kosovo, primary and secondary schools in Ilavalai and Mullaitivu in Northern Sri Lanka, and the Western Sahara refugee camps in Algeria. (www.artsactiongroup.org)