Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center Presents “Brush With History: Letters Reflecting the Life and Career of Everett Raymond Kinstler”

in Arts, News Releases
September 14th, 2006

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 |

Boston – The Friends of the Libraries at Boston University will kick-off its fall season on September 18 with the opening of a major exhibition entitled “Brush With History: Letters Reflecting the Life and Career of Everett Raymond Kinstler.” The event will preview the exhibition of Mr. Kinstler’s own life and work as a highly sought after portrait artist and will include a cocktail reception, as well as remarks by Mr. Robert Brustein, founding director of the American Repertory Theatre and President Emeritus Dr. John Silber.

Event Details
Date: Monday, September 18
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: 1st Floor, BU’s Mugar Memorial Library, 771 Commonwealth Ave.
Admission: Free to members and BU students, $25 per person for the public
Contact: For tickets/more information, call 617-353-1218 or email

Following the event, the exhibition featuring correspondence and photographs documenting Kinstler’s prolific career capturing the images of former presidents, astronauts, authors and film stars, will be open to the public. Guests can visit the exhibition on the main floor of Mugar Memorial Library Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 4:30 PM, through August 2007.

A veteran artist, Kinstler entered the art world as a teenager, beginning his career drawing comic books, most notably Zorro, Hawkman, and The Shadow, as well as hundreds of book covers and magazine illustrations. He trained at the Art Students League in New York City, where he later taught, before making the transition to portraitist in the mid-1950s. Many of the more than 1,200 subjects to grace Kinstler’s canvases over the years have been some of the most prominent people in their fields, including Katharine Hepburn, Tony Bennett, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Additionally, he has painted five U.S. Presidents: Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Currently, he is working on portraits of former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, former Senator Robert Dole and Donald Trump. At Boston University, Kinstler painted President Emeritus Dr. John Silber and the image now hangs outside of the Metcalf Trustee Center. He is also beginning work on a portrait of former President Aram Chobanian.

The National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. has acquired 75 of Kinstler’s original works for their permanent collection and in 1999, he received the Copley Medal from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, its highest honor. His work is also represented in collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the Brooklyn Museum.

Mr. Kinstler’s archive is a recent addition to the illustrious roster of the 2,000 important figures whose papers are collected in the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University. Further details can be found at

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