Karel Nel is an Associate Professor in the Division of Visual Arts at the Wits School of Arts. He has taught fine arts in the division since the early 80s. Nel is a respected collector of African, Asian and Oceanic art with a particular interest in currencies. Southern African material is his area of expertise, and he acts as an advisor to a number of national and international museums on their collections of African art. He has also been part of curatorial teams for major international exhibitions on early Zulu, Tsonga and Shangaan art, and has contributed to numerous publications on this material. He is interested in early Modernism in South Africa with a particular focus on Preller, Battiss, Villa and the Amadlozi Group. Karel Nel is a practising artist who exhibits regularly and is represented in many museums. He is well known for large public commissions at home and abroad. He has over many years been interested in the interface between art and science and this ongoing investigation has led to his inclusion as artist-in-residence in the COSMOS project, one of the most comprehensive astronomy projects ever undertaken. The Cosmic Evolution Survey (COSMOS) is a project that is involved in mapping galaxies and clusters of galaxies in a two-degree square area of the sky.