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Beverly McIver

 (born 1962)
Beverly Jean McIver is active/lives in Arizona, Massachusetts, North Carolina.  Beverly McIver is known for expressionistic portraits.

Beverly McIver

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Beverly Jean McIver, an artist and teacher, known for her expressionist, often sexually explicit portrait paintings, grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina where, as an African-American, she was bused to the more affluent schools of white students.

She studied psychology at North Carolina Central University but by the third year, changed to being an art major.  She also began dressing herself up in clown-face make up, and doing self portraits.  During the 1990s and early 2000s, she portrayed herself as either black or white faced characters while exploring issues of sexuality and racial identity.  She says that her goal is to reclaim her own identities and prepares for her paintings by dressing up, taking the photo of herself, and then doing the painting from the photo.

In 1996, she moved to Tempe, Arizona where he became a professor at Arizona State University.   In 2003, she was awarded a fellowship at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

In 2006, McIver moved with her sister to Newton, Massachusetts, and also took some time off from teaching to focus more on her painting.

Paula Wasley, "Behind the Makeup", ARTnews, November 2006, pp. 106

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About  Beverly McIver

Born:  1962 - Greensboro, North Carolina
Known for:  expressionistic portraits