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BEVERLY McIVER
EYES WIDE SHUT

New Paintings from the American Academy in Rome
Opening November 17th, 5 to 7 pm

Through January 26th

Durham —BEVERLY McIVER: EYES WIDE SHUT, New Paintings from the American Academy in Rome, opens at Craven Allen Gallery on Saturday, November 17, with a reception from 5 to 7 pm.

As a winner of the Rome Prize, nationally known painter Beverly McIver was able to leave her hectic schedule of teaching at Duke University and the burden of caregiving for her family to spend a year painting, a true luxury for the artist.  “Italy–outwardly spectacular, with its mysterious quality of light–gave me the gift of being able to hear my inner voice loud and clear.”

The artist noticed a peculiarity in the works she created during this intensely creative time. “In most of the portraits I created, my subject’s eyes are either closed or covered by sunglasses.  But I realized the closed eyes were not a refusal to see, but a turning inward, an experience of centeredness.  I felt like my time at the academy was introspective and sometimes, as a person of color, in the historic heart of Western Civilization, I felt invisible.   But this was also freeing.  I couldn’t remember the last time it was this quiet in my head.”

Since returning from Rome, McIver has been “… fascinated with those who courageously share their authentic selves with the world. I continue to create portraits of white males in blackface, black women in body paint, and men who dress in drag. I remain intrigued by mask, dress-up, and how we as humans choose to define ourselves… I hope these new paintings inspire others who may need permission to be their authentic self. “

McIver recently received the Anyone Can Fly Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony hosted by Faith Ringgold.  While in Rome, she appeared in a short documentary on Italian television, Beverly McIver e il colore nero.  Her work is in major museums and collections across the country. She is the Ebenshade Professor of the Practice of Visual Arts at Duke Univesity.

BEVERLY McIVER
EYES WIDE SHUT

New Paintings from the American Academy in Rome

Statement

It is natural to be afraid of where your journey will take you, and who you might encounter along the way. The challenge is to remain open, both spiritually and mentally, as you follow your path–to be fully present.

A yearlong fellowship at the American Academy in Rome gave me the chance to rediscover myself as an artist.  For the first time since inheriting the responsibility of caring for my mentally disabled sister Renee, I was free of the burden.  Who was I when I wasn’t a caregiver to Renee and my 92-year-old dad, or a teacher of students, or an artist living under the weight of the history of the American South?  Who was I when I was only responsible for myself?

I felt many emotions simultaneously and was keenly aware of the intensity of being alive. I was learning, as if for the first time, what I liked and disliked.  Mostly, I was able to paint.  I painted daily at the academy, a creative outpouring of work inconceivable in my life at home.

I was able to silence all the voices in my head that tell me what to do or what might sell. I allowed my intuition to guide my choices of who and what to paint. In most of the portraits I created, my subject’s eyes are either closed or covered by sunglasses.  But I realized the closed eyes were not a refusal to see, but a turning inward, an experience of centeredness.  I felt like my time at the academy was introspective and sometimes, as a person of color, in the historic heart of Western Civilization, I felt invisible.   But this was also freeing.  I couldn’t remember the last time it was this quiet in my head.

My quest for identifying my true self was heightened by an important portrait commission. I had spent most of my formative years wanting to be white clown, with blonde hair; I often paint myself in white or blackface and in costume.  One white client courageously asked for a portrait in blackface and red stiletto heels, an expression of his inner life.  Working on the painting affected me profoundly. Although our reasons differed, I realized we are both humans in search of our truth.

Since I returned from Rome, I’ve been fascinated with those who courageously share their authentic selves with the world. I continue to create portraits of white males in blackface, black women in body paint, and men who dress in drag. I remain intrigued by masks, dress-up, and how we as humans choose to define ourselves.

Italy–outwardly spectacular, with its mysterious quality of light–gave me the gift of being able to hear my inner voice loud and clear. I discovered a sense of peace with who I am at this moment.  I hope these new paintings inspire others who may need permission to be their authentic self.

 

ABOUT BEVERLY MCIVER

Beverly McIver is widely acknowledged as a significant presence in contemporary American art and has charted a new direction as an African American woman artist. She is committed to producing art that consistently examines racial, gender, social and occupational identity.

McIver was born in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1962. She is the youngest of three girls born to Ethel McIver. Her oldest sister Renee is mentally disabled, with the mindset of a second grader. Beverly is Renee’s legal guardian. Renee is a frequent subject of the artist, as are other family members.

“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 and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming.

McIver’s work is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian, 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, the Cameron Art Museum and the Mint Museum as well as significant corporate and private collections.  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. She has also 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. She has served on the board at Penland, and currently serves on the board of directors at YADDO in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Recent honors include a yearlong residency at the American Academy in Rome, where she was featured in a Beverly McIver e il colore nero, a documentary for Italian television.  In 2017 she received the lifetime achievement award from the Anyone Can Fly Foundation in a ceremony hosted by Faith Ringgold.  McIver was named as one of the “Top Ten in Painting” in Art in America in 2011, and her work has been reviewed in Art NewsThe New York Times and a host of local newspapers.  She has received numerous grants and awards including the 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 Creative Capital grant. She had a solo exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art in 2011, and at the Mint Museum in 2012. During the fall of 2014, McIver was Artist-in-Residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, N.C.

McIver received a master of fine arts degree in painting from Pennsylvania State University, and an honorary doctorate from North Carolina Central University.

Education

2007    Honorary Doctorate, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC.

1992    MFA, Painting and Drawing, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.

1987    BA in Painting and Drawing, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC.

 

Professional Experience

2014-present Esbenshade Professor of the Practice of Visual Arts, Duke University, Durham, NC.

2007-2014       Suntrust Endowed Professor of Art, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC.

1996-2007       Professor, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

2005-present Workshop Leader, Creative Capital, Professional Development for Artists, New York, NY.

 

Selected Awards

2017    Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize, American Academy, Rome, Italy.

2017    Lifetime Achievement Award, Anyone Can Fly Foundation, Englewood, NJ.

2017    Purchase Award, Hassam, Spiecher, Betts and Symons Fund, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY.

2012    The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Studio Program, one-year free studio space, Brooklyn, NY.

2010    Distinguished Alumni Fellow, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.

2004    Artist of the Year Award, Scottsdale Cultural Council, Scottsdale, AZ.

2003    Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, New York, NY.

2003    Distinguished Alumni Award, Penn State University, State College, PA.

2003    Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, Studio Space for one year, Tribeca, NYC, NY.

2002    Radcliffe Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

2002    Creative Capital, Project Grant, New York, NY.

2001    John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, New York, NY.

2000    Anonymous Was a Woman Grant, New York, NY.

 

Residencies

2017-18, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy.

2016    YADDO, Saratoga Springs, NY.

2014    McColl Center, Knight Fellow, Charlotte, NC.

2008     Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA.

2007     YADDO, Saratoga Springs, NY.

2000    YADDO, Saratoga Springs, NY.

2000    Djerassi Artist Colony, Woodside, CA.

1995    The Headlands Center for the Arts. Sausalito, CA.

1994    The Atlantic Center for the Arts. Workshop conducted by Artist, Alex Katz. New Smyrna, FL.

1992    The Atlantic Center for the Arts. The African-American Experience (Assistant to Faith Ringgold, Scholarship), New Smyrna, FL.

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017    12 x 12: Beverly McIver, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC.

2017    Beverly McIver, Village Smith Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC.

2016    Objects of Affection, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY.

2016    The Ties That Bind, Craven Allen Art Gallery, Durham, NC.

2013    Solo Exhibition by Beverly McIver, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY.

2013    New York Stories by Beverly McIver, Craven Allen Art Gallery, Durham, NC.

2012    Reflections, Paintings by Beverly McIver, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

2012    Reflections, Paintings by Beverly McIver, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC.

2012    Small Works by Beverly McIver, Craven Allen Art Gallery, Durham, NC.

2011    Beverly McIver, Betty Cuningham Gallery, Durham, NC.

2011    Raising Renee, Craven Allen Art Gallery, Durham, NC.

2010    Beverly McIver’s Paintings, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO.

2009    Coming Home: Beverly McIver, Walter E. Terhume Galery, Owens Community College, Toledo, OH.

2008    Facing South, Portraits by Beverly McIver, Greenhill Art Center, Greensboro, NC.

2007    New Paintings by Beverly McIver, Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

2006    Raising Renee and Other Themes, NCCU Art Museum, Durham, NC.

2006    Paintings By Beverly McIver, Tyndall Galleries, Chapel Hill, NC.

2006    Invisible Me, Kent Gallery, New York, NY.

2005    Raising Renee, Addison Art Gallery, Andover, MA.

2005    Raising Renee, G-2 Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.

2005    New Paintings, Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA.

2005    Beverly McIver, Tyndall Galleries, Chapel Hill, NC.

2005    Raising Renee, LewAllen Contemporary Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

2005    The Many Faces of Beverly McIver, 40 Acres Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA.

2004    New Works, Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC.

2003    New Paintings, Kent Gallery, New York, NY.

2003    Inventing Ourselves, Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies, Cambridge, MA.

2003    Mammy How I Love You, Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

2003    Ten Years of Painting, Marshall Arts Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.

2001    Faces in Phoenix, Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, AZ.

2001    Stand Still, LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM.

2000    Loving in Black and White, Green Hill Center for the Arts, Greensboro, NC.

2000    Life is Good, Joseph Gross Gallery, Tucson, AZ.

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018    Black Value, Fondazione Biagiotti Progetto Arte, Florence, Italy.

2018    Cinque Mostre 2018: The Tesseract, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy.

2018    12×12 Collective, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC.

2017    Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY. Purchase Award.

2017    Shifting: African American Women and the Power of Their Gaze, David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

2017    A Human Condition, Kent Fine Art, New York, NY.

2017    Art New York 2017, C. Grimaldis Gallery Booth, New York, NY.

2017    Summer ’17, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

2016    Dress Up, Speak Up, 21c Museum Hotel, Durham, NC.

2016    Remix: Themes and Variations in African American Art, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC.

2016    Introspective, Bravin Lee Gallery, New York, NY.

2016    Clothesline Musings: Art Inspired by the Clothesline, Cary Arts Center, Cary, NC.

2015-16, Face Facts or Head Space, New York Studio School, NY.

2014    Women Choose Women, Selected by Faith Ringgold, NJ.

2013    Juried Annual Portrait Competition, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington DC.

2012    The Female Gaze, Philadelphia Academy of Art, Philadelphia, PA.

2011    A Selection of Women Artists from the Nasher Museums Collection, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC.

2009    Invitational Group Exhibit, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY. Purchase Award.

2007    The “F” Word, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, NY.

2005    Summer Exhibit, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltiimore, MD.

2004-06, The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience, (traveling) Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC.

2003-06, Hair Stories, commissioned work, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ.

2003    Fifth Anniversary Celebration, Judish Fine Arts, Denver, CO.

2003    American Dream, Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY.

2002    Free Lemonade, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY.

2002    The Relevance of Making, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC.

2000    Go Figure, Invitational LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM.

2000    Yaddo Writers and Visual Artist, An Invitational, Art in General, NYC.

 

Selected Collections

 

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.

21c Museum Hotels, United States

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

Nasher Art Museum, Duke University, Durham, NC

Duke University, Durham, NC

Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

Ashville Museum of Art, Ashville, NC

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

Glaxo Pharmaceutical Company, Morrisville, NC

Mesa Art Center, Mesa, AZ.

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, AZ

Nelson Fine Art Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Philadelphia Academy of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ

 

 

Selected Bibliography

2018    Russo, Richard, et al. It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art. Edited by Jonathan Santlofer, Simon & Schuster, 2018.

2017    Felder, Lynn, “Acclaimed artist opening exhibition at SECCA,” Winston-Salem Journal, The Arts, January 15, 2017, ppD1, D5.

2017    “What’s up this week in Charlotte’s visual arts?” The Charlotte Observer, Local Arts, January 11, 2017.

2017    Yang, Wendy, “The 14 artworks every Charlottean needs to see,” The Charlotte Observer, Local Arts, January 25, 2017.

2017    Sronce, Joel, “Artist Beverly McIver discovers a common peace,” The NC Triad, February 1, 2017.

2016    “Studio Tour: Beverly McIver, Durham,” by Susan Stafford Kelly, Our State, Travel & Culture, August 2016, p64.

2016    “Feel the Paint and the Emotion,” by Cliff Hocker, The International Review of African American Art Plus, iraa.museum.hamptonu.edu, May 30, 2016.

2016    “In Dress Up, Speak Up at 21c, Artists Unravel Clothing and Ornament into Identity Politics,” by Chris Vitiello, INDY Week, September 28, 2016.

2015    “Prof. Bev McIver on Painting, Family and Fragility,” Duke Chronicle, June 15, 2015.

2014    “A Life that is ‘Good and Scary and Joyous’,” Duke Today, September 16, 2014.

2013    “Being Beverly McIver,” by Chris Vitiello, INDY Weekly, Durham, NC, October 29, 2013.

2013    “Painter Beverly McIver Talks Clowns, Cindy Sherman and Breast Reduction Surgery,” by Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post, New York, NY, July 31, 2013.

2012    “Painting on a New Canvas,” by Penelope Green, New York Times, Home Section, New York, NY.

2011    “Top Ten Painters for 2011,” by Raphael Rubenstein, Art in America.

2011    “Painting and Parenting, Durham Artist Beverly McIver Lifts Curtain on Her life in Raising Renee,” by Chris Vitiello, Independent Weekly. Cover image.

2009    “The Postmodern Modernist: Robert Colescott (1925-2009),” Art in America.

2006    Beverly McIver: Invisible Me, Kent Gallery, New York, NY, 2006.

2006    Irving Sandler, Beverly McIver and Photo-Expressionism, Kent Gallery, New York, NY 2006.

2005    “Beverly McIver-Raising Renee,” By Kathryn M. Davis, The Magazine, Santa Fe, NM, April.

2005    “Her Clowning Glory,” by Michael Koster, Pastiempo Magazine, New Mexico, March 4-10.

2005    “A Painter Puts on A Mask to Reveal Herself,” by Michele Natale, The News and Observer, NC, Sunday, Visual Arts Section.

2005    “Artist-at-Large,” by Louis St. Lewis, Metromagazine, February.

2005    Seeing the Unspeakable, The Art of Kara Walker. By Gwendolyn Dubois Shaw, Referencing McIver art on Pg. 35, Image Plate 4.

2004    “Face to Face,” The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA, October 8, Scene Section.

2004    “Class Clown,” Sacramento News and Entertainment Weekly, Sacramento CA, October 7.

2003    “Facing Up to Disturbing Racial Stereotypes, Beverly McIver uses Blackface in her Art to Transform the ‘Mammy’ Myth,The Sun, Baltimore, MD, March 9, Arts & Society.

2002    “Report From Arizona, Not a Mirage,” Art in America, December.

2002    “A Vivid, Painful Look into the Past of African Americans,” Asheville Citizen-Times, Asheville, NC, December 15, Arts Section.

2002    “Gallery does right thing in hanging ‘brave work’,” By Roberta Burnett, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, AZ, June 21, Scottsdale Section.

2001    “ASU art professor honored with Guggenheim Fellowship,” By John Carlos Villani, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, AZ, May 5. Arts section.

 

Videography

2018    Beverly McIver e il colore nero, RAI (Italian television network), Rome, Italy, 2018.

2012    Jordan, Jeane and Steven Asher, directors. Raising Renee: A Promise is a Promise. West City Films, 2011. HBO Documentaries: 2012-2015. Emmy nomination: Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming, 2013. Amazon Prime: 2017-currently streaming.

 

Selected Professional Activities

2017    Juror, Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, New York, NY.

2016    Juror, Art Prize: Pitch Night 2016, Durham, NC. Durham Pitch Night winner, Stacey Kirby, won Grand Prize, Art Prize, Grand Rapids, MI.

2015-17, Director, Marie Sharpe Walentas Studio Program Board of Directors, New York, NY.

2009    Panelist, 10 Year Celebration, Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies, Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA.

2006    Panelist, “Portrait of a People”, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA.

2006-17, Director, The Corporation of YADDO Board of Directors, Saratoga Springs, NY.

2005    Panelist, “Hair Stories” 40 Acres Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA.

2003-08, Director, Penland School of Arts and Crafts Board of Directors, Penland, NC.

2003    Training through Creative Capital Inc. to teach workshops to artists, specifically marketing and public relations, January, March and April.

2002    Juror, Contemporary Forum Material Grants, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ.

2000    Panelist, Arizona Arts Commission Visual Arts, Phoenix, AZ.

 

Selected Lectures

2018    Lecture, La Murate, Florence, Italy.

2017    Guest Speaker, Durham Academy, Durham, NC.

2017    Lecture, American Academy, Rome, Italy.

2017    Lecture, Rhode Island School of Design in Rome, Rome, Italy.

2016    Guest Speaker, 21c Museum Hotel, Durham, NC.

2016    Keynote Speaker, Teacher Workshop, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC.

2015    Speaker at CAA Annual Conference: “Tips on Professional Development.”

2014    Commencement Speaker, College of Art and Architecture, Pennsylvania State University.

2014    Keynote Speaker, Medical Conference, Planetree, Chicago, IL.

2012    Keynote Speaker, SEC, UNC-Greensboro, NC.

2012    Lecture at Montclair Museum of Art, Montclair, NJ.

2012    Lecture at Westmoreland College, Greensburg, PA.

2012    Lecture at Harvard Club, New York, NY.

2011    Lecture at Utah Valley University, Oren, UT.

2010    Lecture at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO.

2010    Lecture at American University, Washington, DC.

2009    Lecture at Owens Community College, Toledo, OH.

2009    Lecture at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC.

2008    Guest Speaker, Women’s Art Institute, Minneapolis, MN.

2008    Lecture at NC State University, Raleigh, NC.

2008    Lecture at Greenhill Art Center, Greensboro, NC.

2008    Lecture at University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.

2007    Lecture at Minneapolis College of Arts and Design, Minneapolis, MN.

2007    Lecture at Reginald Lewis Museum, Baltimore, MD.

2007    Lecture at University of Wisconsin Stout. Stout WI.

2006    Lecture at Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN.

2006    Lecture at Phillips Academy, Andover, MA.

2005    Lecture at 40 Acres Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA.

2004    Lecture at Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC.

2003    Lecture at SUNY-Purchase, Purchase, NY.

2003    Lecture in Baltimore, MD at the Baltimore Museum of Art, MD.

2003    Lecture at The Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies in Cambridge, MA.

2003    Lecture at The Harvard Club, New York, NY.

 

PAST SHOWS:

Beverly McIver: The Ties That Bind – February 20th, 2016

Durham- The exhibitions THE TIES THAT BIND: NEW PAINTINGS BY BEVERLY MCIVER and DUKE UNIVERSITY ADVANCED PAINTING STUDENTS: NEW WORK open at Craven Allen Gallery on Saturday, February 20th with a reception presenting the artists from 5 to 7 pm.  Beverly McIver is a nationally recognized artist and the Ebenshade Professor of the Practice in Studio Arts at Duke University. Tori Bilas, Rachel Gallegos, Alexandra Gordon, Sylvia Herbold, Nicole Payne and Michaela Walker study painting with McIver.

Ten percent of sales from the opening reception will benefit The Lucy Daniels Center, a non-profit whose mission is to help children lead emotionally healthy lives.  McIver was the featured artist at the recent Expressions gala to benefit the center, and has a personal interest in the goals of the organization. Her challenges of balancing a career in painting with her legal guardianship of her mentally disabled sister Renee was the subject of the HBO documentary, Raising Renee.

McIver’s latest work continues her exploration of family.  Her subjects include her sister, friends, the artist herself, and most particularly McIver’s new relationship with her father. The Ties That Bind documents “ . . . the beginning of a love story,” in which she seeks to capture and discover her father, Cardrew Davis, through paint.  The artist was shocked to learn the identity of her biological father at the age of 17, and it was only after her mother’s death in 2004 that she began to have a relationship with him.  Mr. Davis is shown in many different contexts, but perhaps none more vulnerable than while sleeping, in a work called “Arrangement in Blue and Black No. 1”   Many images reference the passage of time:  clocks, calendars, letters, and childhood toys with McIver’s vibrant palette and luscious textures featured prominently.

Arrangement in Blue and Black (Daddy Sleeping) by Beverly McIver oil on canvas 36 x 48 at Craven Allen Gallery
Arrangement in Blue and Black (Daddy Sleeping) by Beverly McIver oil on canvas 36 x 48
Showing alongside McIver are advanced painting students from Duke University: Tori Bilas, Rachel Gallegos, Alexandra Gordon, Sylvia Herbold, Nicole Payne and Michaela Walker. A passionate teacher and believer in arts education, McIver wanted to give these talented young women the opportunity to be seen in a broader context.

The shows continue through April 9th. Craven Allen Gallery is located at 1106 ½ Broad Street in Durham.  Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.  For more information, please call the gallery at 286-4837 or visit www.CravenAllenGallery.com.

STATEMENT

Learning to Love Cardrew Davis

One day when I was seventeen, my mother informed me that I had a different father than the man listed on my birth certificate. Her words were shocking to me, and I turned toward the screen door to find a large framed man standing at the doorway. My mother introduced him as my father. I could hardly breathe; I stood in silence and confusion. Cardrew smiled at me and extended his hand. I couldn’t move.

My dad handed me a twenty dollar bill.  I would learn over the next several years that the gift of a twenty dollar bill would be his way of showing love.

My mother continued her anger toward my dad, never forgiving him for not rescuing her from a bad marriage. She often told me, “he will disappoint you, just as he disappointed me.”  I didn’t want to believe her, but she was right–unlike my dad, my mom was present, and raised me and my two sisters.

It was not until my mother’s death in 2004 that I decided to have a relationship with my father. I realized that it had not been realistic for my mom to expect my dad to rescue her.  Cardrew is not capable of rescuing anyone. He’s a simple man, and lacks the ability to extend himself, or take risks. Perhaps his parents didn’t teach him to love fully, or how to express those kinds of feelings—except with a twenty dollar bill.

My current work is about my relationship with Cardrew.  I’m searching for who Cardrew is as a man, as a father, and even who he was as a youngster. Through painting, I hope to capture the many faces of my dad. I see him as being steadfast and proud; sometimes he is frail and child-like. I’ve witnessed his large frame–that once weighed over 300 pounds–slim down to 150 pounds. He’s eighty-nine years old and in good health. My dad lights up when I call him. Often he accuses me of waiting until he goes to the bathroom to call. He sits comfortably on the toilet and talks to me for about thirty minutes. (I’d love to make that image into a painting.)

After years of not knowing what a father’s love felt like, I now know. He’s a simple man that still values the gift of exchanging money. Mostly, I give to him and his response is “I love you for what you do”. His favorite foods are BBQ ribs, cream potatoes with gravy, cornbread and pinto beans, which I buy at a local soul food restaurant in Greensboro. In addition, I buy a bundle of antacids, NyQuil for sleeping and Gavascon for gas to make that southern comfort food digest properly. I believe that I have fallen in love with my dad.  Even though he did not meet my mom’s expectations, I know why she found him attractive. I hope I have several years to continue to know him. I hope that this is just the beginning of a love story.

ABOUT BEVERLY MCIVER

Beverly McIver is widely acknowledged as a significant presence in contemporary American art and has charted a new direction as an African American woman artist. She is committed to producing art that consistently examines racial, gender, social and occupational identity.

McIver was born in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1962. She is the youngest of three girls born to Ethel McIver. Her oldest sister Renee is mentally disabled, with the mindset of a second grader. Beverly is Renee’s legal guardian. Renee is a frequent subject of the artist, as are other family members.

“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 and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming.

McIver’s work is in the 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.  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. She has also 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. She has served on the board at Penland, and currently serves on the board of directors at YADDO in Saratoga Springs, NY.

McIver was named as one of the “Top Ten in Painting” in Art in America in 2011, and her work has been reviewed in Art NewsThe New York Times and a host of local newspapers.  She has received numerous grants and awards including the 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 Creative Capital grant. She had a solo exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art in 2011, and at the Mint Museum in 2012. During the fall of 2014, McIver was Artist-in-Residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, N.C.

McIver received a master of fine arts degree in painting from Pennsylvania State University, and an honorary doctorate from North Carolina Central University.

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Philip Pearlstein painting a portrait of Beverly McIver

Philip Pearlstein painting a portrait of Beverly McIver

 

 BEVERLY MCIVER IN THE NEWS:  LINKS

Beverly McIver honored at Lucy Daniels Center Celebration of Food and Art

 Expressions V. A Celebration of Food and Art will bring together philanthropists, food and wine enthusiasts and lovers of the arts to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Lucy Daniels Center, the region’s largest nonprofit children’s mental and emotional health agency.The annual event will be held on Friday, November 20 at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, N.C. The featured artist for this year’s event is Craven Allen Gallery Beverly McIver, a leading figure in the contemporary art world.
At home with Beverly McIver, with some of her works of art. Photo by Jared Lazarus/Duke University Photography

Beverly McIver: A Life That Is ‘Good and Scary and Joyous” in Duke Today.

Beverly McIver “Giving voice to those who have none” in Walter Magazine.

Beverly McIver featured in “The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World”  at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Click here to view the catalogue.

 

Beverly McIver ‘Commended Artist’ in Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery competition.

Depression by Beverly McIver at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Museum

At Home with the Artist Beverly McIver in the New York Times.

Beverly McIver interviewed by Priscilla Frank for the Huffington Post.

A documentary about McIver, Raising Renee, is currently being featured on HBO and was nominated for an Emmy Award.

Beverly McIver was featured in a major retrospective at the North Carolina Museum of Art and also at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, which recently purchased the piece Dora’s Dance for the museum’s permanent collection.

Beverly McIver named as one of  “Top Ten in Painting” in Art in America.

 

ARTINFO.COM – February 22, 2012: “Painter Beverly McIver Balances Art and Family, Barely, in the HBO Documentary ‘Raising Renee” by Sarah Kricheff

NYPRESS.COM – February 22, 2012: “Raising Renee: A Sit Down With the Subject of the Powerful New Documentary” by Noah Wunsch

MOVIEBUZZERS.COM – February 22, 2012: 8 out of 10 star review by Melissa Hanson