America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler

Everett Raymond Kinstler
(American, b. 1926)
Tom Wolfe, 1987
Oil on canvas
50” x 27”
Collection of the artist

(March 23 – July 14, 2018)

Lecture and Demonstration by Everett Raymond Kinstler. Video from event on 3/24/2018

An opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will take place on March 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Cohen Memorial Hall. Free parking is available in Lot 95, accessible from 21st Avenue South, or Lot 77, accessible from 18th and Horton Avenues.

Lecture and demonstration by the artist on March 24, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema. This event is sold out.  Unclaimed tickets will be released to the public on a first come, first serve basis at 3pm the day of the event.

Everett Raymond Kinstler, now 91 years old, is America’s foremost portrait painter. In his career, he has rendered portraits of more than 2,000 individuals—leaders in almost every professional field, including eight United States presidents. America Creative explores how the eye of an artist sees kindred souls whose life’s work is also in the arts, whether visual, musical, performing, or literary. Kinstler’s vibrant, impressionist style imbues an otherwise static medium with the energy and vitality of his sitters, enlivening their personalities for us today and telling the stories of their lives.


Spanning the years from 1952 through 2015, these portraits cover the long career of a successful artist who has truly honed his craft. They also capture a generation of creative leaders in this country. Thanks to loans from the artist and from several institutions, including the National Portrait Gallery and the National Academy Museum, the exhibition features portraits of visual artists such as Norman Rockwell and Alexander Calder, actors such as Katharine Hepburn and Christopher Plummer, musicians and entertainers including Tony Bennett and Marian Anderson, and authors such as Tom Wolfe and Dr. Seuss.

It comes as no surprise that Kinstler is an excellent storyteller with his paintbrush as well as his voice, and the gallery is delighted to host the artist for a demonstration and lecture during the opening weekend, on March 24, 2018, at 3 p.m.

America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler is the third in a three-part series on portraiture organized by the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibition is curated by Joseph S. Mella, director, and Margaret F. M. Walker, assistant curator, with special thanks to the artist, Peggy Kinstler, and Michael Shane Neal.

The exhibition is made possible by Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Brock, Robbie and Hank Davis, Mr. and Mrs. J. Michael Duncan, John and Margarita Hennessy, Mr. and Mrs. B. Frederick Horne, Mr. Michael J. Horvitz, Virginia Cretella Mars, Holly Metzger, Michael Shane Neal, Ms. Trish Savides, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Steiner, Neika Stephens, the Terra Foundation for American Art on behalf of board member Greg Williamson, Westtown Publishing, and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Williams III.

Additional support has been provided by five anonymous donors, Ms. Betty C. Bellamy, Tony Bennett, Ms. Babette Bloch and Mr. Marc Mellon, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Byrnes, The Honorable Todd J. Campbell and Margaret N. Akers, Mrs. Charles Chumley, Mary Harding L. Cist, Linda Kartoz-Doochin and Michael Doochin, Dr. and Mrs. Roy C. Ezell, Dr. and Mrs. Richard D. Fewell, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey R. Fisher, Katherine Kinstler Fuertes, Mr. and Mrs. Gary R. Haynes, Ms. Barbara Hobson, Tom and Gail Molen, Patrick and Susan Conway Oliphant, The Honorable George C. Paine and Mrs. Ophelia T. Paine, Joelle and Brant Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. Gustavus A. Puryear IV, Mr. and Mrs. S. Douglas Smith, Kathleen and Mickey Sparkman, and Dana Kinstler Standefer.

Press Coverage:

WNPT, Arts Break

Nashville Arts Magazine