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Kevin Jerome Everson

Kevin Jerome Everson (b.1965) was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. He has a MFA from Ohio University and a BFA from the University of Akron and is Professor of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Everson was awarded the prestigious 2012 Alpert Award for Film/Video and has had mid-career retrospective at the Viennale (2014); Visions du Reel (2012), The Whitney Museum of American Art in 2011 and a retrospective at Centre Pompidou in 2009. Recent and upcoming museum exhibitions include SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC; Taubman Museum, Richmond, VA; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH.

His artwork (paintings, sculptures and photographs) and films, including seven features (Spicebush, 2005; Cinnamon, 2006; The Golden Age of Fish, 2008; Erie, 2010; Quality Control, 2011; The Island of St. Matthews, 2013, and the eight-hour documentary Park Lanes, 2015) and over 120 short form works, have exhibited internationally at film festivals (including Sundance, Rotterdam, Berlin, Ann Arbor, Oberhausen, Venice, Toronto, and the New York Film Festival) art institutions, museums, biennials, cinemas and film collectives. A three-DVD Boxed Set, Broad Daylight and Other Times, was released by Video Data Bank (U.S.) in 2011.

From April-September 2011, a solo exhibition of seventeen short form works, More Than That: Films of Kevin Jerome Everson, was featured at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The feature film Quality Control (2011) was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial and the short Emergency Needs (2007) in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Act One: Betty and the Candle was featured at the 2013 Sharjah Biennial. Everson has received numerous fellowships and academic awards including the Guggenheim, NEA, Mid-Atlantic, American Academy Rome Prize, and grants and residences from Creative Capital, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Yaddo and MacDowell Colony.

[bio courtesy of the filmmaker / photo courtesy of Sandy Williams III] 


Recent Reviews


It seemed like a semi-educational YouTube video.

The Wooden Calf

This could be genuinely interesting with natural sound. Filming it silent I think undermines some of the artist's goals. I suppose one could argue that filming without sound forces a...

House in the North Country

Unbelievable. James Broughton must have stood up in his coffin and said, "Really? There's a more inane A-G artist than myself? How did they get funded when there are so...

Second Place

Nothing to see here you couldn't see on ESPN.

The Wooden Calf

I'll trudge on, hoping to see something enlightening from a wonderfully financially supported artist. But this is no more interesting to me than a suburban parent filming his nine year...