Apr 6, 2016
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The NIAD Art Center is mourning the passing of one of its longtime artists Beverly “Bubba” Trieber.

Trieber, who was 95 years old, first began creating at NIAD Art Center in 1986, according to the center, which serves artists with disabilities.

The art center often referred to him as California’s oldest living artist.

While Trieber was institutionalized for much of his life because of developmental disabilities, his artworks had wings that traveled all over.

His work has been featured in numerous private and public collections. In 2013, some were featured at the California Contemporary Biennial in Sacramento’s State Capitol Building, according to NIAD Art Center Gallery Director Tim Buckwalter. The works were chosen by Sen. Loni Hancock to represent the Golden States’ Ninth District.

Trieber continued working on his art until his final days, with works as recent as last year still featured in this online gallery.

Aside from being a skilled and prolific artist, he was known for being a genuinely good person.

“If you ever conversed with him or enjoyed his art, you know he was a sheer delight,” the Art Center stated on Facebook. “He will be missed greatly.”

The following images show Bubba next to an intricate and large collage book that he created.



  1. I am sad to hear Bubba has passed. I was an artist at NIAD and knew him well. He was a wonderful person. The artists at NIAD are all great people, and the teachers rock. Please go to the next open house — or just stop by anytime you are passing by on 23rd Street (X Barrett), check out the gift shop, get a tour of the studio, and meet the artists. NIAD is a Richmond treasure.

    Jessie West | Apr 7th, 2016

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