WSSU and SECCA Collaborate to Present A Symposium on the Work of Kevin Jerome Everson

By Staff
Winston-Salem State University and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art have partnered to bring artist Kevin Jerome Everson together with distinguished scholars and other artists to Winston-Salem for a daylong symposium.


Gather Round will be held Oct. 2 from 9am-5pm on the WSSU campus. The symposium coincides with the opening week of an exhibition of Everson’s work at SECCA by the same title and marks the first event co-organized by the two institutions.

“This collaboration between Winston-Salem State University and SECCA on the Kevin Everson exhibition and symposium complements the signature strengths of each of these historic institutions,” says Corey Walker, dean of WSSU’s College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education, and John W. and Anna Hodgin Hanes Professor of the Humanities. “It is a model partnership which realizes the unique opportunities available in a city where the arts, creativity and innovative thinking are the hallmarks of our wonderfully diverse community.”

Everson’s work ranges from painting, sculpture and photography to a prolific output of films. The Gather Round symposium will explore Everson’s artistic perspectives and output through and alongside questions of regionalism, history and the representation of black experience in film, particularly in the South.

Symposium panelists include Terri Francis, associate professor, communication and culture at Indiana University; Michael B. Gillespie, assistant professor of film, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, School of Film and the Department of African American Studies, Ohio University; Sabine Gruffat, media artist, filmmaker and assistant professor of art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Claudrena N. Harold, associate professor of history and African American studies and African studies at the University of Virginia; Wesley C. Hogan, director of the Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University and a historian of the civil rights movement; and Greg Tate, writer, cultural producer, musician and Sterling Brown ’22 Distinguished Visiting Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College.

“As a State of North Carolina cultural resource committed to strengthening partnerships that enrich the lives of Triad residents and citizens across North Carolina, we’re excited to be working with Winston-Salem State University to bring nationally recognized scholars and artists into Winston-Salem,” says SECCA Executive Director Mark Leach. “Together we can continue to increase the city’s relevancy as a key cultural and knowledge destination in the Southeast.”

SECCA Curator of Contemporary Art Cora Fisher adds, “Gather Round will present a one-of-a-kind experience for those interested in art, film, history, and visual culture to listen to and take part in important conversations around labor, memory and community in our everyday lives which Everson’s artistic vision makes manifest.”

The morning session begins at 9:15am in Hill Hall, Room L 05, directly followed by highlights of Everson’s latest film. After the lunch break, the afternoon sessions will resume at 1pm A reception with the artist will take place from 5-7pm in the Diggs Gallery. Walker, Fisher and Endia Beal, interim director of the Diggs Gallery, will serve as moderators for the various sessions.

The exhibition of Everson’s work will be on display at SECCA from Oct. 1–Dec. 1.

The Gather Round symposium is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to visit the WSSU campus parking office to obtain a day pass in order to park in the visitor’s parking lot. WSSU Campus Parking office can be reached at 336-750-2905.