"Beverly McIver, born in 1962, grew up in
Explorations of racial identity are inseparable from McIver’s consciousness as an artist. She experienced and absorbed issues of racial identity as a black child in the South at the height of the Civil Rights movement. These issues have become personified in her paintings so that a portrait of the artist is truly a complex comment on biases, prejudices and preconceptions associated with stereotypical notions of being African American.
As both artist and scholar, McIver explores
She has accumulated numerous honors and awards for her work, including an Anonymous Was a Woman award, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a fellowship at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies, and a Tiffany Foundation award. In 2009, McIver was one of 30 artists invited to participate in the
Her work is now in the permanent collections of such institutions as
McIver has held teaching positions at