About the Artist
Beverly McIver is widely acknowledged as a significant presence in contemporary American art and has charted a new direction as an African American female artist. She is committed to producing art that examines racial, gender, social identity, and occupational identity.
McIver, born in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1962, is the youngest of three sisters. McIver is now the legal guardian of her oldest sister, Renee, who is mentally disabled, with the mindset of a third grader. Renee is a frequent subject of the artist's work, as are other family members.
McIver's work has been reviewed in The New York Times, and was named one of the “Top Ten in Painting” in Art in America in 2011. “Raising Renee,” a feature-length documentary film, produced in association with HBO by Academy Award-nominated and award-winning filmmakers Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan, tells the story of the impact of McIver’s promise to care for her sister when their mother dies. The film played in festivals around the country, was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming, and is now streaming on Amazon Prime.
McIver’s work is in the permanent collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the NCCU Museum of Art , the Asheville Museum of Art, The Crocker Art Museum, the Nelson Fine Arts Center Art Museum at Arizona State University, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and the Mint Museum as well as significant corporate and private collections. She had a solo exhibition at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in 2017, North Carolina Museum of Art in 2011, and at the Mint Museum in 2012.
McIver has received numerous grants and awards including the 2017 Rome Prize Fellowship, 2017 Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Anonymous Was A Woman Foundation grant, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship from Harvard University, a Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation award, a distinguished Alumni Award from Pennsylvania State University, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, and a Creative Capital grant.
McIver has held residencies at many of the nation’s leading artist communities, including Yaddo, the Headland Center for the Arts, Djerassi, and Penland School of Arts and Crafts. During the fall of 2014, McIver was Artist-in-Residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, N.C. She has served on the board at Penland, and currently serves on the board of directors at Yaddo.
McIver received a master of fine arts degree in painting from Pennsylvania State University, and an honorary doctorate from North Carolina Central University. McIver is currently the Ebenshade Professor of the Practice in Studio Arts At Duke University. She was the Suntrust Endowed Chair Professor of Art at North Carolina Central University, 2007-2014. Prior to this appointment, McIver taught at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. for twelve years, Duke University, North Carolina State University and North Carolina Central University.