the gibbes museum of art

Beverly McIver: Full Circle

December 31, 1969 @ 7:00 PM - June 8, 2023 @ 12:00 AM

Galleries 8 & 9


Beverly McIver: Full Circle presents the career arc and continued ascent of contemporary artist Beverly McIver. This survey show featuring nearly fifty works from the last twenty-five years demonstrates the diversity of the artist’s bold thematic approach to portrait painting. From her early self-portraits in clown makeup, which explore expressions of individuality, stereotypes, and ways of masking identity, to portraits of family members and friends that provide glimpses of intimate life moments, in good times as well as in illness and death, McIver’s poignant large-scale paintings reveal her personal journey. Born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, McIver is nationally recognized for her autobiographical portraits and is currently the Ebenshade Professor of the Practice in Studio Arts at Duke University.

Beverly McIver: Full Circle is organized by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and curated by Kim Boganey, Arts and Culture manager, Museum of History and Art, Ontario, California. Generously supported by Wells Fargo Wealth & Investment Management with additional exhibition support  provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Craven Allen Gallery.

The presentation at the Gibbes is made possible by generous support from Bluecross BlueShield of South Carolina, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, and LynchCracraft Wealth Management of Raymond James.


I try to face whatever is going on in my life, joyful or painful, through my paintings. I express myself with brushstrokes.  It’s how I process my happiness or grief, and how I communicate with the world.