Mansfield native Kevin Everson discusses discovering his artistic ability in college and his interest in photography and film. He recounts attending the University of Akron and the masters program at Ohio University. He taught art at Akron 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. Everson worked with a Widelux camera, taking street shots of people and scenes and manipulating the photos to create art, not to recreate reality. He collaborated with fellow art professor Michael Loderstadt on a project using a pinhole camera in the back of a truck. Everson discusses a current film project that he shot in three black neighborhoods in Mansfield while riding with snowplow drivers. He admits that finances are the biggest challenge for him as a working artist. He credits word of mouth for promoting his work. This interview contains language which some listeners may find objectionable. By accessing the audio file, the user acknowledges receipt of this message.


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Everson, Kevin (interviewee)


Busta, William (interviewer)


Cleveland Artists Foundation



Document Type

Oral History


45 minutes

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