The Artist in Society: Talking with Hershell West

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Through this hour-long documentary that looks at artist/muralist Hershell West, we examine not his art and his contributions to the world of art, but also look at the ways in which artists contribute to society - through their paintings and murals but also through their teaching and their advocacy for the arts.

Brought up in the rural south, as a black man in the days before the end of segregation, neither West's family nor his community - nor the larger society expected him to become a professional artist. Defying these expectations, West obtained an MFA in fine arts at the University of South Florida, which he attended after a stint in the military. In Florida, in addition to painting canvases and murals, he also worked on outreach in the arts for his university.

As he finished his degree, he realized that he wanted to grow as an artist and so moved to California, where he soon found himself not only painting, but also teaching art and working as chief assistant to muralist John Wehrle.

Over the years, he has been commissioned to create his own murals and also continued for many years working with others. He taught art to at-risk and other youth, he served on the arts commissions in the San Francisco Bay Area cities of Richmond and Oakland, was chairman of the board of directors of several prominent arts organizations such as the Richmond Art Center and ProArts of Oakland, and generally immersed himself in the local arts scene.

Now in semi-retirement due to health reasons, he has a long and meaningful career to look back upon.

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The Artist in Society: Talking with Hershell West

Through this hour-long documentary that looks at artist/muralist Hershell West, we examine not his art and his contributions to the world of art, but also look at the ways in which artists contribute to society - through their paintings and murals but also through their teaching and their advocacy for the arts.

Brought up in the rural south, as a black man in the days before the end of segregation, neither West's family nor his community - nor the larger society expected him to become a professional artist. Defying these expectations, West obtained an MFA in fine arts at the University of South Florida, which he attended after a stint in the military. In Florida, in addition to painting canvases and murals, he also worked on outreach in the arts for his university.

As he finished his degree, he realized that he wanted to grow as an artist and so moved to California, where he soon found himself not only painting, but also teaching art and working as chief assistant to muralist John Wehrle.

Over the years, he has been commissioned to create his own murals and also continued for many years working with others. He taught art to at-risk and other youth, he served on the arts commissions in the San Francisco Bay Area cities of Richmond and Oakland, was chairman of the board of directors of several prominent arts organizations such as the Richmond Art Center and ProArts of Oakland, and generally immersed himself in the local arts scene.

Now in semi-retirement due to health reasons, he has a long and meaningful career to look back upon.

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