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Artist Beverly McIver to lecture

November 11, 2003


Guggenheim Fellowship winner Beverly McIver will lecture Nov. 12 as part of the 2003-04 Creative Capital Artist Lecture Series.

Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization that supports artists pursuing innovative approaches to form and content in the media, performing and visual arts in emerging fields.

McIver was honored with a 2000 Anonymous Was A Woman Fellowship. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001.
November 11, 2003


Guggenheim Fellowship winner Beverly McIver will lecture Nov. 12 as part of the 2003-04 Creative Capital Artist Lecture Series.

Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization that supports artists pursuing innovative approaches to form and content in the media, performing and visual arts in emerging fields.

McIver was honored with a 2000 Anonymous Was A Woman Fellowship. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001.

As a child, McIver dreamed of becoming a professional clown to escape her “black skin, poverty and the housing project [she] once called home.” Inspired by those memories, she paints portraits of herself in clownface, using the stark white greasepaint to come to terms with she calls her “ambivalent feelings about being black.”

Going further, she has donned blackface makeup and an Afro wig for a series of self-portraits exploring racial stereotypes.

McIver has had residencies at Yaddo, the Djerassi Colony and the Headlands Center for the Arts. She also has received support from the Contemporary Forum in Phoenix and the Durham Arts Council.

The department of art is sponsoring McIver's lecture, which begins at 7 p.m in APSU's Trahern Building, room 401.

For further information, contact Gregg Schlanger, professor of art, at 7789.
—Rebecca Mackey