Imaging the Artist in Film: Constructing Painters and Poets as Cinematic Characters.

Dr. Roy M. Vestrich
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This presentation/paper will focus on some of the key manners in which visual artists, writers and other artists have been depicted in both mainstream (Hollywood studio system) and widely distributed independent films. Productions that are presented as biographies of historical or living artists will be discussed along with films that are presented as original fictions. Central to the discussion will be an examination of the dominant and frequently contradictory depictions of artists as characters and archetypes ranging from romantic figures to social outcasts, or from isolationists to political radicals. The role that such images play in shaping public perception of artists, increasing (or decreasing) aesthetic understanding or appreciation for the arts and the artistic process will also be examined from a critical perspective

Keywords: Film Theory, Cinema, Artists
Stream: Constructing Art Worlds
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Roy M. Vestrich

Professor, Department of Communication
Department of Theatre Arts, Castleton State College


Roy M. Vestrich is a Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts, and Coordinator of the Film Studies Program at Castleton State College (since 1988). He holds a Ph.D. in Communication and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has presented papers on subjects ranging from film history, arts pedagogy, and higher education theory at numerous academic conferences and is a former President of the Northeast Popular Culture Association. He is also active in labor organization is a member of the Higher Education Program and Policy Council of the American Federation of Teachers. His publications include art and dance criticism, essays on film, and essays and editorials on higher education issues. His paintings have been exhibited in New England regional galleries, in 1991 he was competitively selected for the Warner Bros. Television Comedy Writers Workshops and his play, “Green Mountain Bucks” was presented at the Edward Albee Theatre Festival in Valdez, Alaska (1999). He is currently completing work on two full length plays and a collection of poetry.

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