Bev Nagy

About the Artist

Three woven basketsInterested in art since childhood, I took a more practical path as a career. When I moved to North Carolina in 1983, my interest in art was rekindled in response to the rich tradition of fine crafts I discovered here.

Throughout my 25 year clinical career, I was an artist by night and on weekends. It kept me centered and focused and provided me with an outlet for my creativity that I did not have in my psychology practice. While I lived in Raleigh, I attended classes at the NC State University Craft Center. I primarily focused on pottery, but I also learned to make baskets. I focused on basketry when my professional work took me on the road as I could take my baskets with me. A marriage of convenience, it blossomed into love! Learning from the masters in the craft, I studied traditional forms and techniques handed down through generations, perfected my skills and began incorporating my own ideas into my work. I joined the NC Basketmakers Association and I taught classes. Learning and sharing, I became part of a community of craftsmen and I loved the sense of belonging.

When I moved to Charlotte, psychology work consumed my life, but I continued to carve out time to work on my art. I learned new techniques to increase my skill level and I practiced, practiced, practiced.

Woven wall piece Three years ago, I decided to take a “time out” myself and return to my first love full time. I took a studio at The Boulevard in NoDa where I made baskets and shared my love of basketry with the public, bringing this art form increased attention and respect. I was selected as an 11 month affiliate at The McColl Center for Visual Art, where I pushed the boundaries of traditional basketry into sculpture and branched out into mixed media. The experience at McColl, along with enrollment in classes at Clayworks has provided me a community and a feeling of belonging here.

Moving forward, I continue to take my craft to a new level, adding new twists to traditional forms and incorporating found objects to produce the unexpected. I am exploring other materials and media to expand the role of basketry beyond the obvious to fine craft, worthy in its own right to be construed as “art” as it is assimilated into daily life.

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Recent Residencies and Employment

2011

Consultant, Signature Studios, Morganton, NC
Environmental Artist in Residence, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
Invasive Collaboration Project with Daniel McCormick

2010

Instructor, “Cane Handles for Clay Pots”, NC State University Craft Center, Raleigh, NC
FY11/FY12 Cultural Innovation Grant (funded by the Knight Foundation), Arts and Science Council, Charlotte, NC
Guest instructor, outdoor installation, Woodlawn School, Davidson, NC
Demonstration, Citizen Schools, Charlotte, NC
FY11 Cultural Project Grant, Arts and Science Council, Charlotte, NC

2009

Cultural Project Grant, Arts and Science Council, Charlotte , NC
Instructor, “Non-traditional Weaving Workshop”, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC

2008

Affiliate Artist (11 months), McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
Regional Artist Grant Arts and Science Council, Charlotte, NC
Instructor, “Weaving on Wednesday”, “Whimsical Weaving Workshop”, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
ArtsTeach grant, with McColl Center, Garinger High School, Charlotte, NC

2007

Commissioned Art, Arts and Science Council, Charlotte, NC, Volunteer Service Awards
Awards, Installations and Exhibitions

2011

“Unfettered”, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
“TranFusion”, Charlotte ARTery, Charlotte, NC
“Momentum”, Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC

2010

“Winter Show 2010”, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
“Shavings and Thrums”, Cleveland County Arts Council, Shelby, NC
Central Piedmont Community College Recycled Art Show, Charlotte, NC
Charlotte ARTery, group exhibitions: Packard Building, Hair Klaudt, University area, Charlotte, NC

2009

Charlotte ARTery, group exhibitions: Music Factory, Trolley Museum, Charlotte, NC
South End Home, Tutto Mundo, Charlotte, NC
Central Piedmont Community College Recycled Art Show, Charlotte, NC
“Weaving Transitions”, solo show, Wingate University, Wingate NC
“Interwoven”, Creative Art Exchange, Cornelius, NC

2008

“Drawn”, McColl Center for Visual Art
“Launched”, McColl Center for Visual Art
“Context: Light”, McColl Center for Visual Art

2007

“Project Pipeline Morrison 721”, with ASC, Charlotte, NC
Amazing Grace St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Charlotte, NC
Publications

2011

Inside An Artistic Mission to Reclaim Damaged Watersheds, Creative Loafing, 7/26/11
Mecklenburg Times, 2/22/11, with Charlotte Artery

2010

“Charlotte’s Contemporary Art Scene”, Charlotte Urban Home, Spring, 2010

2009

“Charlotte Artery”, Charlotte Observer

2008

“An Artist’s Progression”, Art Buzz/McColl Center for Visual Art

2007

Arts and Science Council Newsletter, Summer
“Dream Weaver”, Today’s Charlotte Woman Magazine, February
Current Galleries & Shops
Mint Museum of Craft and Design Museum Shop, Charlotte, NC
Collector's Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Education & Professional Affiliations
American Craft Council
NC Basketmaker’s Association
Charlotte’s Web Basketry Guild
Charlotte ARTery, artists’ co-op founding member
MA, Counseling Psychology; Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA