Beverly Naidus is retired, but can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beverly Naidus, artist, author, community bridge maker, networker, storyteller, and facilitator of a pioneering interdisciplinary studio arts curriculum, has been creating interactive installations, digital projects, artist books and narrative works on paper for over four decades. Her work straddles the socially engaged margins of the art world, artful activism collaborations, and community-based art projects. Many of her most provocative installations evoked stories from visitors, so explicitly soliciting stories and images from the community became her part of her process. Much of her work deals with ecological and social issues that have adversely affected her and those around her. She is particularly engaged in how we are individually and collectively affected by racism, climate change and multiple forms of systemic oppression. She often works with others to develop strategies that might heal those challenges. Remediation and reconstructive visions are key concepts that guide her work. She has shared her work in city streets, in alternative spaces, university galleries and major museums. Her work has been written about in many books and journals and has developed an international audience. Significant writers who have discussed her work include 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 eco-art pedagogy (recent releases are Art as Social Action and and some recent pieces of speculative fiction. 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, Global Justice and Art and the Artist as Visionary and Dreamer. She has guest lectured and led workshops all over North America and in Europe. She facilitated and designed the permaculture design-inspired, eco-art project, Eden Reframed, on Vashon Island, WA, funded by the Royalty Research Foundation. \She has taught at several NYC museums, Carleton College, Cal State Long Beach, Hampshire College, Goddard College and the Institute for Social Ecology. After successful chapters in the artworlds of NYC and Los Angeles, she has made a home in the Pacific Northwest since 2003. Her most recent project, Extreme Makeover: Reimagining the Port of Tacoma Free of Fossil Fuels, is a collaboration between 350 Tacoma and Arts Bridging Communities (funded by UWT’s Strategic Initiative Fund). Her website is http://www.beverlynaidus.net
“Let’s Talk about the Weather,” Ep. 34 “Beverly Naidus: Superwoman Remediating Superfund Sites” https://www.ecoartsfoundation.org/post/beverly-naidus-superwoman-remedia..., 2019 and Carey, Brainard, Interview with Beverly Naidus on Yale Radio, April 2017 http://museumofnonvisibleart.com/interviews/beverly-naidus/
We Almost Didn’t Make It: A Creative Practice Inspired by the Work that Reconnects,” A Wild Love for the World: Joanna Macy and the Work of Our Time, edited by Stephanie Kaza, Shambala Press, 2020
“Graphic Responses to the NW Detention Center: Work by Art & Global Justice Students,” ART AS SOCIAL ACTION: An Introduction to the Principles & Practices of Teaching Social Practice Art, edited by Greg Sholette, Allworth Press, NY, NY 2018
“The ZAD Becomes Compost: LONG LIVE THE ZAD,” EcoartScotland: A Platform for Research and Practice,” www.ecoartscotland.net, 4/12/2018
“Holding On,” M/E/A/N/I/N/G: The Final Issue on A Year of Positive Thinking (edited by Mira Schor and Susan Bee), 2016, http://ayearofpositivethinking.com/page/3/
“So You Want to Be an Eco-Artist: Lessons in Grief and Gratitude,” Elemental: An Arts and Ecology Reader, edited by James Brady, England: Gaia Project, 2016
“Beverly Naidus,” Conversations with Artists Who Teach, edited by Raphael Vella, Malta: Sense Publishers, 2016
“Curtain Call: Portable Altars for Grief and Gratitude,” Dark Matter Women Witnessing, issue #3 on Extinction/Devotion, Lise Weil (ed.), 2015 http://www.darkmatterwomenwitnessing.com/issues/Dec2015/articles/Extinct...