Kevin Jerome Everson

Kevin Jerome Everson’s films and videos focuses on the performance of identity and the rituals of labor, deeply informed by his upbringing in Northeast Ohio. His African American subjects perform simple, obligatory, or repetitious actions for the camera: high school athletes running football drills, magicians doing sleights of hand, young men watching a fireworks display, an old man blowing out birthday candles.  Studying and re-imagining the quotidian activities of real life, Everson creates deliberate vignettes that combine fiction and realism. These poetic montages that speak to practice, effort, futility, mortality, and reward.

Kevin Jerome Everson (Mansfield, Ohio, 1965) lives and works in Charlottesville, VA. He is Professor of Art at the University of Virginia, and holds a MFA from Ohio University and a BFA from the University of Akron.  Everson was awarded the 2012 Alpert Award for Film/Video, and his films have been the subject of mid-career retrospectives at Visions du Reel, Nyon Switzerland (2012); The Whitney Museum of American Art (2011); and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2009). His work was featured at the 2008 and 2012 Whitney Biennials and the 2012 Sharjah Biennial. Recent solo museum exhibitions include SECCA (Southeastern Center for the Arts) Winston-Salem, NC and the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA. Everson has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, NEA, NEH, Ohio Arts Council and the Virginia Museum, an American Academy Rome Prize, grants from Creative Capital and the Mid-Atlantic, residencies at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Yaddo and MacDowell Colony, and numerous university fellowships.