Beverly Naidus

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Beverly Naidus has been using art to dream, question, stir things up, and find community for several decades. She’s been teaching others to do the same for almost as long.  Well-recognized for her interactive, community-making art projects, she is also the author of Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame (New Village Press, 2009).

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Most recently her interactive installations that solicit stories about the environmental crisis and the perils and rewards of being an activist have found audiences in the Seattle area.  Over the years her work has invited others to share their nuclear nightmares, heal from their body hate and the disease of consumerism, overcome the isolation of unemployment, confront systemic racism and create visions and dreams for the future.  (keep in mind that this in an antique website and does not include work from the last 6 years).  Her work has been discussed in books by Lucy R. Lippard, Paul Von Blum, Suzi Gablik and Lisa Bloom, as well as in many art journals, magazines and newspapers.

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Naidus recently directed and collaborated on a community-based, eco-art project, Eden Reframed, located on Vashon Island near Seattle, WA.  The project was inspired by permaculture design.  Eden Reframed offers the community a place to harvest edible and medicinal berries and plants, and demonstrates the remediation of damaged soil with the use of plants and mushrooms.  In the center of the garden is a sculptural story hive and seed exchange.  Farmers and gardeners have contributed stories of what inspires them to plant seeds in a time of ecological crisis, and visitors to the garden continue to add stories to the hive.

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Naidus is currently a member of the faculty at the University of Washington, Tacoma, where she has created and facilitates a unique interdisciplinary studio curriculum in art for social change and healing.  For many years she has been stewarding the creation of a BA in Arts in Community that will hopefully be approved to begin sometime in 2014.  She has taught at Carleton College, the Institute for Social Ecology, Goddard College, Hampshire College, CSU Long Beach, and several NYC museums and has lectured and led workshops at many alternative spaces, museums, universities and community centers in North America and Europe.    She received her BA in Studio Art from Carleton College and an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.   She currently lives in Seattle with her husband and teenage son.