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Ellis Wilson: So Much To Paint
Ellis Wilson: So Much To Paint

“My project or plan doesn’t take much telling. I want to paint! ... There is so much to paint and so little time.”

—Ellis Wilson, 1941

The KET documentary Ellis Wilson—So Much To Paint salutes the life and art of a neglected Kentucky-born painter whose work paved the way for later African-American artists and established the everyday lives of black people as a legitimate subject for art. Since premiering in 2000, the program and web site have helped to bring new attention to Wilson’s story of talent, passion, and persistence—and to uncover many more examples of his vibrant and ground-breaking work. The encore presentation of Ellis Wilson as part of the Kentucky Muse series includes an update on the story.


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