Elza Miles was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Johannesburg, South Africa for her contribution to South African art. She worked as an art critic for the newspapers Rapport and Beeld from the seventies to 1990. From 1987 to early 1994, she taught History of Art at the Federated Union of Black Artists (FUBA) and undertook research into the work of South African black artists. She has curated two major retrospective exhibitions: 'Hand in Hand' (1994) the work of Ernest Mancoba and Sonja Ferlov, for which she was awarded a Vita Award; and in 1996, the work of Selby Mvusi (apart from several other exhibitions curated by her). For her monograph on Ernest Mancoba, Lifeline out of Africa (Human & Rousseau, 1994)Dr Miles was awarded the Recht Malan Prize and the Old Mutual Award. Her publications also include The World of Jean Welz (Rembrandt van Rijn Art Foundation, 1995) while she authored several articles, served as jury member on major art competitions She is a practising artist and participated in several exhibitions.