Beverly McIver is widely acknowledged as a significant presence in contemporary American art and has charted a new direction as an African American woman artist. She is committed to producing art that consistently examines racial, gender, social and occupational identity.
McIver's work is in the following collections: NC Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, NCCU Museum of Art, Asheville Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum, Nelson Fine Arts Center Art Museum at Arizona State University, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Mint Museum as well as corporate and private collections.
McIver was named one of the "Top Ten in Painting" by Art in America in 2011. She has received numerous grants and awards including: Anonymous Was A Woman Foundation grant, Guggenheim fellowship, Radcliffe Fellowship from Harvard University, Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation award, distinguished Alumni Award from Pennsylvania State University, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and a Creative Capital grant.
McIver had a solo exhibition at the NC Museum of Art in 2011 and the Mint Museum in 2012. During the fall of 2014, she was Artist-in-Residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte.
McIver was born in Greensboro, NC the youngest of three girls. Her oldest sister Renee is mentally disabled and a frequent subject of the artist, as are other family members. A feature-length documentary , "Raising Renee" was produced by HBO and tells the story of McIver's promise to care for her sister after her mother's death. The film was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming.
McIver is currently the Ebenshade Professor of the Practice in Studio Arts at Duke University.