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Celia de Villiers holds a MA in Visual Arts Cum laude (UNISA), BA Fine Art (UNISA) with distinction and a Higher Education Diploma (Wits). She has exhibited extensively, locally and abroad and curates and adjudicates exhibitions, including The Thami Mnyele Awards in Ekurhuleni (2009, 2011), The Department of Arts and Culture National Craft Awards (2009), PPC Young Sculptors Awards (2010), National judge (2008) for the 23rd ABSA L’ Atelier Awards and regional judge for the 26th, 27th L’ Atelier Awards (2011, 2012).

De Villiers has been a Standard Bank Resident Artist at the National Arts festival. Her sculptures in various media are in permanent collections such as the Raiffeisen Bank, Germany, Le Tousserok Sun International Hotel, Mauritius, Development Bank of South Africa, UNISA, Michigan State University, and the Museum of Art and Design, New York. She was awarded an art fellowship by the Sacatar foundation of California in 2004.

The artist travels to venues outside Gauteng to facilitate and consult for the Arts Inter Action community outreach initiative and was a board member of the Enviroserv WasteArt Foundation for 8 years. De Villiers was nominated as a finalist for the Woman of Substance (Mosadi wa Kono-kono) by the Gauteng provincial government in 2006 and was a University of South Africa nominee for the Shoprite/Checkers Woman of the Year and the winner of Ekurhuleni Mayoral Achievers Award for Job Creation in the Arts and Crafts sector during 2006. She received a marketing excellence award from UNISA in 2009 and served on the Advisory Board for craft of the South African Department of Arts and Culture from 2008-2010.

De Villiers has lectured in Drawing, Painting Sculpture, and Conceptual art from first to post-graduate level at the University of South Africa from 2001-2011. She is currently lecturing part-time at the Design school of South Africa, UNISA and Pretoria University. Her artworks and articles have appeared in numerous publications. She has presented research papers at the World Environmental Education Conference (2007), the European Fibre Art Convention in Val d’ Argent, France (2004, 2008, 2009), the University of Pretoria (2009, 2011), the Universities of Bahia (2004) and University of Cachoeira (2010) in Salvador, Brazil, Stendhal University-Grenoble, France (2008), the University of Johannesburg in 2011 and was a keynote speaker the University of Alba Iulia in Romania (2010).