BEVERLY McIVER explores the meaning of “otherness” and its many manifestations, from racial identities to family roles, in works of painterly bravura and expressionist force. Writing in the catalogue of McIver’s recent exhibition at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Raphael Rubinstein situates her work in the tradition of modern painters whose subjects are autobiographical, and he points to the strength of emotion that marks McIver’s work. Her strategies of self-invention and examination – for example, her self-portraits in both clown whiteface and minstrel blackface – become means toward the goal of a deepening awareness of self and other.
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Selected Solo Exhibitions
2006 Invisible Me, Kent Gallery, New York
2005 Raising Renee, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts
2004 Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, N.C.
Catalogue essay by Raphael Rubinstein
40 Acres Art Gallery, St. Hope Academy, Sacramento
2003 Kent Gallery, New York
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Cambridge, Mass.
Chelsea Gallery, Western Carolina University, Cullowee, N.C.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2003 American Dream. Ronald Feldman Fine Art, New York
HairStories. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Ariz.;
Chicago Cultural Center; Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans; 40 Acres
Gallery, Sacramento; Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries, Atlanta
2002 Looking Forward, Looking Black. Aidekman Art Center, Tufts University, Boston;
Georgia State University School of Art and Design Gallery, Atlanta: Scottsdale
Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Weatherspoon Art Gallery,
Greensboro, N.C.; Houghton House Gallery, Hobart and William Smith
Colleges, Geneva, N.Y.; Elanie Jacobs Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit
Selected Grants and Awards
2004 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award
Arizona Visual Artist of the Year
2003 Research and Creative Activity Award. Arizona State University, Tempe
Distinguished Alumni Award. Penn State University, State College, Penn.
The Space Program of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation
Artist of the Year. Scottsdale Cultural Council, Scottsdale, Ariz.
2002 Radcliffe Fellow. Radcliffe Institute for Advance Study, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2001 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
2000 Anonymous Was a Woman Grant
Irving Sandler. Beverly McIver: Invisible Me. New York: Kent Gallery, 2006.
56 pages, 23 color plates.