America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler, the third in a three-part series on portraiture organized by the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery will be displayed at the gallery March 23rd - April 30th. Kinstler is an excellent storyteller with his paintbrush as well as his voice, & the gallery will host the artist for a demonstration & lecture during the opening weekend, on March 24th at 3pm. 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 & Alexander Calder, actors such as Katharine Hepburn & Christopher Plummer, musicians & entertainers including Tony Bennett & Marian Anderson, as well as authors such as Tom Wolfe & Dr. Seuss.