Each in Their Own Voice: African-American Artists in Cleveland, 1970-2005

Kevin Everson interview excerpt

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Kevin Everson

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Program Length: 04:05

Mansfield native, Kevin Everson, talks about discovering his artistic ability in college and his interest in photography and film. Everson admired the discipline and creativity of his art professors, and decided that he wanted to earn a living by teaching and creating art. He attended Akron University and then entered the Masters Program at Ohio University. He taught art at Akron University and Oberlin College and is currently an instructor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Art films are his main focus at the present time. His subjects are people and objects that represent black, working class, culture. His work has received international attention, he has exhibitions coming up at the Pompidou Museum in Paris and at an art show in Rotterdam. Everson did work with a Widelux camera, taking street shots of people and scenes and manipulating the photos to create art, not to recreate reality. Everson collaborated with fellow art professor, Michael Loderstadt, on a project using a pinhole camera in the back of a truck. Everson thinks Loderstedt is one of the most talented artists he knows.

Everson is currently finishing a film he shot in three black neighborhoods in Mansfield, riding with snow plow drivers. He admits that finances are the biggest challenge for him as a working artist. He credits word of mouth for promoting his work. He tries to create and show work on a consistent basis, and urges his art students to do the same.

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*Portrait of Kevin Everson is courtesy of Jen Fariello Photography.

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