Beverly Naidus, M.F.A.

Personal Website
Associate Professor
Phone
253-692-4623
Degrees
M.F.A.
Intermedia Art
Nova Scotia College of Art & Design
1978
B.A.
Studio Art
Carleton College
1975
Introduction

Beverly Naidus, interdisciplinary artist, writer and facilitator of an innovative studio arts curriculum, has been creating interactive installations, digital projects, artist books and narrative drawings for over three decades. Much of her work is audience-participatory, inviting people to tell their own stories in response to the theme being explored.  Inspired by lived experience, topics in her art focus on environmental and social issues, including how we are individually and collectively affected by racism, climate change and multiple forms of systemic oppression. Her unique courses at UWT emerge from her own projects and include: Art in a Time of War, Cultural Identity and Art, Body Image and Art, Eco-art, Labor, Globalization and Art and the Artist as Visionary and Dreamer.  She facilitated and designed the permaculture-inspired, eco-art project, Eden Reframed, on Vashon Island, WA, funded by the Royalty Research Foundation. Her work has been exhibited internationally, in mainstream museums, university galleries, alternative spaces and city streets. It has been reviewed and discussed by many significant writers, including Lucy R. Lippard, Suzi Gablik, Paul Von Blum and Lisa Bloom.  She is the author of Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame, numerous essays on socially engaged art and pedagogy and some recent pieces of speculative fiction.  She has taught at several NYC museums, Carleton College, Cal State Long Beach, Hampshire College, Goddard College and the Institute for Social Ecology. She has guest lectured and led workshops all over North America and in Europe. As part of her new collective, ARTifACTs, she is collaborating on an interactive, multidisciplinary project about the future.  “We Almost Didn’t Make It,” imagines the artifacts (and stories that emerge from them) found by our descendants that allow them to envision the horrors and contradictions of our present world, and the miraculous risks taken by activists (their ancestors) that allowed the descendants to even exist. Her website is http://www.beverlynaidus.net and her eco-art project’s blog is www.edenreframed.blogspot.com

Current Research

Much of my work has focused on the challenges of living in the world today, from the struggle to heal racism and fear of difference to the damage of the environment caused by rampant consumerism. I also create art about dreams, nightmares and visions for the future. I work in many mediums (from drawing & painting to digital photography and audio installations), sometimes doing "contact improvisation" with scavenged materials. The content often determines the form. Much of my work is interactive, inviting the audience to share a story about a similar topic. I'm currently working on a series of mixed media works about the radioactivity coming from Fukushima and some projects focusing on climate change.

Teaching

I teach art for social change and healing. My curriculum is adventurous, offering non-majors insights into and practical experience with the creative process of contemporary artists, while introducing them to a wide array of social problems from the ecological crisis to racism.

  • TARTS 200 introduces students to art as meditation, mapping, storytelling, intervention and synthesis.
     
  • TARTS 203, Body Image and Art introduces students to drawing (self-portraiture, contour, gesture and value drawing) and photo/text work. The students discuss issues related to body image and the fashion & diet industries. We do media literacy and draw a nude model who subverts the norm by talking about her own history with her body while the students are drawing her. Students also collaborate on a community based project that may involve installation, performance and interactivity.
     
  • TARTS 266 The Artist as Visionary and Dreamer introduces students to painting (water-based) and drawing, while students make art about their dreams and visions of the future. We read about the history of looking at dreams, and look at art inspired by dreams and nightmares.
     
  • TARTS 402 Eco-art: Art in Response to the Environmental Crisis exposes students to the Eco-art movement, and how artists create works to restore remediate damaged sites or heal "nature deficit disorder." After learning more about the ways the environmental crisis is affecting their lives, students create their own projects based on the elements air, energy, earth & water and create community collaborate project.
     
  • TARTS 404 Art in a Time of War introduces students to the topics of war & peace and art that addresses those issues. Students make their own art that focuses on their concerns and learn about non-violent conflict resolution and communication skills.
     
  • TARTS 405 Cultural Identity and Art - Students make work about their cultural heritage, fear of difference, racism and privilege and see the work of contemporary and historical artists who examine those issues.
     
  • TARTS 406  Labor, Globalization and Art offers students insights in the economic moment we are living, and how artists make work about their jobs, being in debt, class issues, globalization and more. Students make art work about how those topics interface with their lives. 
Affiliations
  • Social Ecology Education and Demonstration School
  • College Art Association
  • Arts for Change
  • People of Color and their Allies Meditation Group
  • Ecstatic Dance Seattle
  • Eden Reframed: A Community and Ecological Art Project
  • Seattle People of Color Salon
  • Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life
  • Emeritus member of the VALISE Artist Collective
Academic Service
  • Reviewer for Verso and SUNY Press
  • Board of Social Ecology Education and Demonstration School
  • Advisory Board for the Backbone Campaign, Vashon
  • Moderator for Arts for Change Facebook discussion page
  • Member of the international Ecoart Network
  • Member of the Mayworks Committee for the WA State Labor Council
Honors and Awards
  • Royalty Research Foundation Grant (U of Washington) for Eden Reframed, (Eco-art Project) 2010
  • Finalist, Andy Warhol Foundation and Creative Capital’s Art Writers Grant Program, 2007
  • Founder’s Endowment Grant, UW Tacoma, 2005
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist's Grant in Photography, 2001
  • CSULB Creative and Scholarly Awards (two), 1994 – to create CANARY NOTES
  • CSULB Affirmative Action Grant - for bookwork But You Don't Look American, 1993
  • CSULB Innovations-in-Teaching Grant, 1993
  • CSU Chancellor's Mini-Grant, 1991 – To fund video on REMOTE CONTROL
  • Public Art Proposal Commission for the Metro Blue Line Station at Pico & Flower, Downtown L.A., 1991; Outstanding Young Woman of the Year Award, 1989
  • California Lottery Funds, Calif. State University, Bakersfield, CA, 1988 – YOU’RE SO NEGATIVE
  • Professional Opportunities Program grant, CSULB, 1988 – to create video of THIS IS NOT A TEST
  • Dayton-Hudson Distinguished Visiting Artist, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1985-86
  • Artist's Fellowship, Blue Mountain Center, Blue Mountain Lake, New York, Fall 1983
  • LINE grant to self-publish bookwork (Stick - It: Ra-decals for the Angry Consumer), 1982
  • Materials grant from the Committee for the Visual Arts, Artists' Space, New York City, 1979 for installation: Daily Reminder
  • Teaching fellowship, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1976-78
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