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Beverly McIver: Souls of Mine

February 28 - April 6, 2019

Opening Reception Thursday, February 28 6-8pm

“…McIver has made the expressionist tradition her own by funneling it through her life with urgency, painting autobiographical images in an authentic and distinctive style that are at once psychological and social.”

Irving Sandler, Beverly McIver and Photo-Expressionism


Beverly McIver’s paintings are a voyage in self-revelation from her earlier self-portraits in white face (the clown) to black face (confronting the black stereotype); to the unmasking of her skin, body and feelings as she explores her identity as an artist and as an African American. New works from her yearlong fellowship at the American Academy in Rome turn her introspective self-portraits to “those who courageously share their authentic selves with the world”, depicting black women in body paint and men dressed in drag. She is currently the Ebenshade Professor of the Practice in Studio Arts at Duke University.  This will be her third solo exhibition at C. Grimaldis Gallery. 

McIver has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, most notably the Anyone Can Fly Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017; Rome Prize Fellowship, 2017; Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2017; Marie Walsh Sharpe Fellowship, 2012-2013 and 2003; Radcliffe Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, 2002; Creative Capital Grant, 2002; John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2001; and the Anonymous Was A Woman Grant, 2000. Her work is in numerous public collections, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art and the Weatherspoon Art Museum. 

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