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Beverly McIver

Beverly McIver: Full Circle

Feb 12 - Sep 4, 2022

This survey exhibition presents more than 50 works that demonstrate the diversity of Beverly McIver’s thematic approach to painting over 25 years.



Beverly McIver: Full Circle presents a survey of more than 50 works that demonstrate the diversity of the artist’s thematic approach to painting over 25 years. From early self-portraits in clown makeup to more recent works featuring portraits of others and her own reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition illuminates the arc of McIver’s artistic career while also touching on her personal journey. Her self-portraits explore expressions of individuality, stereotypes, and ways of masking identity, while portraits of family members provide glimpses of intimate moments, in good times as well as in illness and death. The exhibition includes McIver’s portraits of other artists and notable figures, recent work resulting from a year in Rome with American Academy’s Rome Prize, and new work in which McIver explores the juxtaposition of color, pattern, and the human figure.

Full Circle also features works that reflect on McIver’s collaborations with artists, as well as her impact on the next generation. A complementary exhibition, In Good Company, includes artists who have mentored McIver, such as Faith Ringgold and Richard Mayhew, as well as those who have studied under her, including Melissa Button, Claudio Dicochea, Michael Dixon, Carrie Hott, Mary Porterfield, Chris Santa Maria, Damian Stamer, and Lamar Whidbee.

Beverly McIver: Full Circle is organized by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and guest curated by Kim Boganey, director of Scottsdale Public Art. Generously supported by world class sponsor Wells Fargo Wealth & Investment Management. Additional exhibition support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Craven Allen Gallery.


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Upcoming Exhibition Dates:

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
December 8, 2022 – March 26, 2023

The Gibbes Museum of Art
April 28 – August 4, 2023


Related Press

‘What Comes Up, Comes Out’ In Beverly McIver Paintings, review of traveling exhibition at Gibbes Museum of Art, Forbes, May 9, 2023

Artist Beverly McIver explores her career in ‘Full Circle,’ a retrospective exhibit, KJZZ’s The Show,  Aug. 31, 2022

Painting and Performance Art Come Together at SMoCA (Scottsdale Arts news release)

Review: Beverly McIver by Lynn Trimble, Visual Art Source, March 14, 2022

This nationally renowned artist started in Phoenix. Now she’s back for her ‘legacy’ show by Sofia Krusmark, Arizona Republic, Feb. 11, 2022

Painter Beverly McIver’s art is not safe by Paul Wachter, The Undefeated, Feb. 10, 2022

Coming Soon: Career-Spanning Survey of Beverly McIver Opens at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in February 2022 by Victoria L. Valentine, Culture Type, Oct. 27, 2021

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art to Present Full Arc of Beverly McIver’s Career (Scottsdale Arts news release)

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