Beverly Naidus's art life has straddled the socially engaged margins of the art world, artful activism collaborations, and community-based art projects. Much of her work deals with ecological and social issues that have adversely affected her and those around her. She often works with others to develop strategies that might heal those challenges. Her most provocative installations evoke stories from visitors, so explicitly soliciting stories and images from the community became her part of her process early on. Remediation and reconstructive visions are key concepts that guide her work. Her primary forms are audience-participatory installations, photo/text projects, and artist’s books. 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. After successful chapters in the New York City and Los Angeles, including fruitful periods in Minnesota, Halifax, Nova Scotia and western Massachusetts, she has made a home in the Pacific Northwest since 2003.
Naidus has taught art as a subversive activity at NYC museums, the Institute for Social Ecology, California State University, Long Beach where she had tenure, Goddard College, Hampshire College and Carleton College. She’s been a tenured member of the UW Tacoma faculty for the past 16 + years where she's shaped an innovative, interdisciplinary studio arts curriculum in art for social change and healing. She is the author of Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame (a book that is shifting studio arts curriculum around the world) and has written & published many essays on eco-art and social practice as well as a few works of speculative fiction. She recently published a limited-edition artist’s book, Not Just Words: A 30-Year Exhortation to Love & Resistance.
Download: Naidus-Art CV 2019