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Day No. 5: WEAD Members and Women’s Art History

WEAD MEMBERS AND WOMEN’S ART HISTORY SOLAR TIDE FLATS, digital photocollage, Beverly Naidus, 2017.March is U.S. Women’s History Month.  WEAD joins with The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and Holocaust Memorial Museum to commemorate and encourage the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

These goals mirror WEAD’s global mission statement:  to educate others, to promote, network and support all women artists working with critical issues of eco and social justice.

Beyond March WEAD will continue to mark 2020 as Women’s Year—especially noting the U.S. 100th anniversary of achieving Women right to vote.  Let’s celebrate 2020 as Women’s Decade, and beyond, Women’s Century. 

The future is ours to shape, but the historical work that has come before functions as our foundation.  To properly commemorate our past, present and future histories, WEAD here spotlights 10 members’ work, one per day for the next 10 days.ARTIST NO. 5

EXTREME MAKEOVER WORKSHOP, 350 Tacoma Storefront, Beverly Naidus, 2017.EXTREME MAKEOVER: Reimagining the Port of Tacoma Free of Fossil Fuels
2018 to the present.This community-based art project reimagines the Port of Tacoma, an industrial port built on tribal land in violation of the Medicine Creek Treaty of 1854. The soil and water been contaminated by years of dumping and now hosts several designated superfund sites. In recent years, the community has been fighting the installation of new and dangerous fossil fuel projects in the Port and Extreme Makeover arose out of that resistance.

Extreme Makeover has been hosting art workshops (most recently with the support of Tacoma’s to engage the public in a reconstructive visioning process.

BIOGRAPHYBeverly 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.

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.

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