Beverly Cottman
About the Artist





Beverly Cottman



Beverly Cottman is an interdisciplinary artist creating at the intersections of visual, literary, and performance art. As storyteller “Auntie Beverly,” she tells folktales and fables from the African Diaspora, often updating traditional tales to contemporary settings and using them to address social issues. As a member of the Ways Ensemble, Beverly has performed in collaborative productions at Pangea World Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, and the Avalon Theatre. Her collage/assemblage and found object sculptures have been exhibited at Obsidian Arts (Minneapolis), the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, ARC Gallery (Chicago), and Homewood Studios
(Minneapolis). Her creative writings of poetry and essays pass on values, instill pride, evoke self love, and celebrate culture. Beverly shares her interpretations and outlook on literature’s oral traditions and creativity as a COMPAS Teaching Artist and with the Givens Foundation for African American Literature Spirited Minds and Strong Souls Singing  artist-in-the-schools programs. Beverly’s role as “Gramma” to Yonci and Ebrima serves as a source of inspiration for much of her creative work. The honor of being called an elder in the NorthSide community helps her to see the power of creative endeavors as agents of change. Beverly is a twenty-first century  “griot” who listens carefully to ancestors.