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Herberger College art professor, Beverly McIver, wins Tiffany Foundation Grant

February 05, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. – Beverly McIver, associate professor of painting and drawing at the Herberger College School of Art and an emerging national artist in her own right, is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. McIver is among 30 winners selected from 402 artists in the 2003 Tiffany Biennial Competition.

The awards, presented every two years in the mediums of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, crafts and video, honor emerging American artists "whose work shows serious promise, but who have not yet received widespread critical or commercial recognition."

The Tiffany Foundation awards each artist a non-restrictive $20,000 grant. Award winners are selected from artists nominated by the Foundation’s trustees, previous award winners, and a group of artists, critics and museum professionals from across the United States.

McIver paints self-portraits that record her journey of self-discovery and the raw emotion that is unveiled through this investigation. Her work often confronts issues of racism, and she frequently paints herself in black face to address issues of racial stereotypes.

The grant is yet another major award in a series of outstanding recognitions received by McIver over the past three years. In 2002 McIver was named as a Radcliffe Fellow by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 2001, she received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship and a Creative Capital grant. In 2000 she received a fellowship from the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation.

McIver has had more than 20 solo exhibitions and several group shows, and is represented by numerous galleries around the country. 

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