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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 2012 Alpert Award for Film/Video; his films has been the subject of mid-career retrospectives at the Viennale (2014); Visions du Reel, Nyon, Switzerland (2012), The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY  (2011) and Centre Pompidou, Paris in 2009.  His work has been featured at the 2008 and 2012 Whitney Biennials and the 2013 Sharjah Biennial. From April-September 2011, a solo exhibition of 17 short form works, More Than That: Films of Kevin Jerome Everson, curated by Chrissie Iles, was featured at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Recent solo and group museum exhibitions include "Gather Round" (October-December 2014) at SECCA (Southeastern Center for the Arts, curated by Cora Fisher) Winston-Salem, NC; the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA and the “How to Be Human” exhibition at  the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio (summer 2015). His work, including film projections and photographic installation are currently featured in "Restless Debris", a group show at the University Gallery, UC Irvine, CA (curated by Andrew Mc Neely).

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.  

His artwork--paintings, sculpture, site-specific installations and photographs--and films, including eight features (Spicebush, 2005; Cinnamon, 2006; The Golden Age of Fish, 2008; Erie, 2010; Quality Control, 2011; The Island of St. Matthews, 2013; Park Lanes, 2015 and the recently completed 8 hour film 8903 Empire (co-directed with Kahlil I. Pedizisai) and over 130 short form works, have been exhibited internationally at film festivals, cinemas, museums and art spaces and galleries.