Beverly Naidus, M.F.A.

Associate Professor ; Graduate Faculty
Naidus, Beverly

Contact information

Dept: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Room: WHT
Phone: 253-692-4623


  • B.A., Studio Art, Carleton College, 1975.
  • M.F.A., Intermedia Art, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, 1978.


Over the past three decades Beverly Naidus' art has dealt with personal and social concerns. Her mediums have ranged from interactive, site-specific installations to digitally rendered artist's books. Themes in her work have included nightmares about nuclear war, the search for meaningful work, fears about the current environmental crisis, the healing of body hate, celebration of cultural diversity and questions about consumerism, meaningful work and globalization. Her work has been exhibited internationally, reviewed widely and has been written about in books by Suzi Gablik, Lucy Lippard, and Paul Von Blum and discussed in many articles including ones in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Timesthe Utne Reader, Z Magazine, Art Forum, and Art in America. She is the recipient of multiple grants including the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist's Grant in Photography. She is currently collaborating on an eco-art restoration project at the Beall Greenhouses on Vashon Island, and a member of the artist collective, Vashon Artists Linked in Social Engagement (VALISE). She is also on the advisory board of the Backbone Campaign and Social Ecology Education and Demonstration School (SEEDS).

Beverly Naidus received an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design(1978) and a BA, cum laude with Distinction in Studio Art, from Carleton College (1975). She has taught at several museums in New York City (including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art) and was the Dayton-Hudson Distinguished Visiting Artist at Carleton College in Minnesota. She taught drawing, painting and intermedia at California State University, Long Beach where she received tenure as an Associate Professor of Art in 1992. She also facilitated courses at the Institute for Social Ecology in Vermont and Hampshire College. She worked with graduate students at Goddard College's MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts for six years before coming to UW Tacoma. She received tenure from UW Tacoma in 2005. She lectures and leads workshops internationally.

Beverly Naidus has written extensively about socially engaged, interdisciplinary arts pedagogy. Her writing has been published in the New Art Examiner, the Women's Studies Association Journal, Radical Teacher, New Practices: New Pedagogy (edited by Malcolm Miles) and The Arts of Social Change (edited by Mary Clare Powell and Vivien Marcow Speiser), and most recently she is the author of Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame published by New Village Press (2009).