SCAD professor Beverly Lynn Elson

Beverly Elson

Art history professor


  • A.A., Colby-Sawyer College
  • B.A., The American University
  • M.A., The American University
  • M.B.A., Southeastern University
  • Ph.D., University of Maryland

Awards, recognitions and honors

NEH Grant for College Teachers, summer, 1992; NEH Grant for College Teachers, summer, 1989; nominated by Southeastern University in both 1988 and 1989 for the CASE Professor of the Year award; NEH Grant for College Teachers, summer, 1985; two Fulbright Grants: Saigon, Vietnam


Board member on the Washington Color School Project; Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; College Art Association; National Society of Arts and Letters (Washington chapter); Society of Architectural Historians (Latrobe chapter); Society for Emblem Studies; Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C.

Publications and Presentations

Selected publications

  • "Visions of America," catalog for the art exhibition in the American Embassy, Sweden.

Selected exhibitions

  • Lessedra Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria, December 15, 2010-February 15, 2011. International juried show.
  • MOCA-DC Gallery, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., August 2008.
  • International Art Exhibition in the Cairo Opera House in Egypt, September 2006.
  • "Art Show: International American Artists AlAhram Artists" (group exhibition), Cairo, Egypt, October 2005.
  • "New Delhi 4 India" (group exhibition), All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi, India, November 2004.
  • Sam Rayburn House Office Building, as a joint project between the Embassy of Egypt and Congress, February 2006.

Selected presentations

  • "The Windows of the National Presbyterian Church," Building Spiritual Washington symposium, Society of Architectural Historians, Washington, D.C., March 2007
  • "Current Views of the American Presidency," Art History Focus Week, Savannah College of Art and Design, March 1993
  • Gallery talk on American Impressionism and the Ash Can School, Telfair Museum, Savannah, Georgia, March 1992
  • "Art Power on the Rise: Artists' Rights," Annual Conference of the Institute for International Development and Strategic Studies, Southeastern University, August 1989
  • "American Artists Look at the American Presidency," 14th annual conference on Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts, The American University, October 1988