Beverly Acha was one of our 2014 Summer Fellows. She came to SAW to focus on her paintings, but found herself experimenting in all sorts of mediums. During her 2 month residency Beverly painted, made drawings, poured iron, made molds, worked heavily in ceramics, took a glass blowing workshop and said that wanted to try textiles and fabric next. In an interview with Beverly she stated that, "The really good thing about being here is the layout of the campus. You can really do different things in different places. It allowed for flow, I felt that in my practice and in my work, I was really influenced by that. Knowing that I could walk to ceramics or bring my work to my studio, or walk up the hill for a break, or even go to the river...the campus makes it feel like you have the opportunity move around."
Watch the video below about Beverley explaining her experimentation process during her residency at SAW. For more Information about Beverly visit her Website here: http://www.beverlyacha.com
Beverly Acha was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She received a BA from Williams College in Studio Art and American Studies, with a concentration in Critical and Cultural Theory (2009), and an MFA from Yale University in Painting and Printmaking (2012). She is the recipient of a Salem Art Works Fellowship (2014), Robert Schoelkopf Memorial Travel Grant (2011), Frederick M. Peyser Prize in Painting (2009), Berkshire Art Association Fellowship (2008 and 2009), and a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (2007). In 2010, she was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Cambridge, Pittsfield, and Seoul, Korea. Acha currently lives and works in New York City.