Herman du Toit was Head of Museum Research at Brigham Young University's Museum of Art in Provo, Utah, until his retirement in 2011. He has enjoyed an extensive career as an art educator, curator, administrator, critic, and author, both locally and abroad. He is a former head of the Durban Art School and founding director of the Cecil Renaud Art Gallery at the former Durban Technical Institute in South Africa. He holds postgraduate degrees in Art History and Sociology of Education from the former University of Natal. At Brigham Young University, he was awarded a J. Paul Getty Fellowship for his PhD study investigating interpretive practices at some of America's leading art museums.