New Exhibit Features Celebrity Portraits By Area Educator-Journalist-Artist John Tibbetts
December 6, 2013
For nearly a quarter of a century, journalist and educator John C. Tibbetts spent most of his weekends hobnobbing with actors and filmmakers on Hollywood press junkets.
Tibbetts, who now teaches film at the University of Kansas, did more than just interview his famous subjects. With ink and watercolors, he created portraits of the famous people he interviewed. What's more, his subjects almost invariably autographed his finished work.
Tibbetts has produced hundreds of these portraits, a selection of which make up the exhibit Stargazing on display from December 7, 2013, through January 31, 2014, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Most of his artwork was created in hotel rooms the night before a junket, after Tibbetts learned which actors and filmmakers he'd be interviewing.
"I always travel with paper, brush, ink, and gouache; and after seeing the next day's schedule, I'll order room service and stay up late drawing."
Often the portraits were still damp when their subjects signed them.
Also represented in Stargazing are his portraits of musicians, composers, and famous authors.
Admission is free. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.
Tibbetts will discuss his portraits and the circumstances in which they were made on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Tibbetts is an associate professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas. He has written and illustrated 10 books, among them The Gothic Imagination, Composers in the Movies: Studies in Musical Biography, Schumann: A Chorus of Voices, and the three-volume American Classic Screen. He is currently working on a book about celebrated Australian film director Peter Weir.