Free Event

Fri, March 22, 12:00pm

Juror Presentation: Kevin Jerome Everson

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

Kevin Jerome Everson's films combine scripted and documentary moments with rich elements of formalism. They focus on gestures or tasks caused by certain conditions in the lives of working class African Americans and other people of African descent. Everson will present a program of recent films including Rhinoceros, and several films from his Mississippi series.

Kevin Jerome Everson is currently a Professor of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He has completed six feature films and more than 80 short films in addition to paintings, sculpture, site-specific installations and photographs. Everson’s work was featured in the 2008 and 2012 Whitney Biennials and was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the Whitney Museum in 2011. Everson has received numerous fellowships, awards, residencies and grants from the Guggenheim, NEA, Creative Capital , Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, the 2012 Alpert Award among many others. His artwork and films have been exhibited internationally at museums, and art institutions including the Centre Pompidou, MoMA; REDCAT; Cleveland Museum of Art; the Studio Museum in Harlem; Armand Hammer Museum; The Wexner Center of the Arts; and the Whitechapel Gallery. Everson’s films have screened at many international film festivals including AFI, Sundance, Rotterdam, Courtisane, CPH:DOX, Media City, and Ann Arbor, among many others.

Films courtesy of the artist; Trilobite-Arts-DAC and Picture Palace Pictures

Films Showing:


(Kevin Jerome Everson, 2013) 7 min

Involves Alessandro de’Medici making a passionate broadcast to rally the people of Florence....

Workers Leaving the Job Site

(Kevin Jerome Everson, 2013) 6.5 min

Is another take on the Lumiere Brothers’ classic 1895 film....

Stoplight Liberty

(Kevin Jerome Everson, 2013) 2 min

Is Liberty at an intersection in Columbus, Mississippi....

Blue Caps

(Kevin Jerome Everson, 2013) 1 min

are S, Stones’ tools of his trade...

Juneteenth Columbus, Mississippi

(Kevin Jerome Everson, 2013) 2 min

outing is celebrated one frame at a time....

Charlie’s Proof

(Kevin Jerome Everson, 2013) 13 min

is about legendary Charlie Smith of Columbus, Mississippi disagreeing with the filmmaker....

Rita Larson’s Boy

(Kevin Jerome Everson, 2012) 11 min

portrays ten actors auditioning for the role of Rollo Larson in the 1970s sitcom Sanford and Son.  Rita Larson’s Boy is one of three films included in the Tombigbee Chronicles...

The Pritchard

(Kevin Jerome Everson, 2011) 11 min

is a film about one man’s struggle with his automobile....

Fifteen an Hour

(Kevin Jerome Everson, 2011) 6 min

is the amount of pay the nighttime workers received for cleaning the beaches of Pensacola, Florida....

Emergency Needs

(Kevin Jerome Everson, 2007) 7 min

is a 16mm film about the mayor, Carl Stokes, of Cleveland, Ohio USA dealing with the July 1968 uprising....

Something Else

(Kevin Jerome Everson, 2007) 2 min

is a film about the found footage as subject matter and Miss Black Roanoke, Virginia 1971 expressing her thoughts about the upcoming Miss Black Virginia 1971 Pageant....

The Picnic

(Kevin Jerome Everson, 2007) 2.5 min

is a film with found footage about a couple enjoying a beautiful day, food, sex, a blanket, long walks and a firearm....

Second Shift

(Kevin Jerome Everson, 1999) 4 min

is about a correctional officer’s daily routine of gaining access into a correctional facility....