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Painter Vitus Shell Profile (2023)

Art Rocks!



Genre: Art

Place Covered: Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2023-01-20

Duration: 00:13:56

Subjects: African American artists | Arts | ARTISTS | Painters


  • Fox-Smith, James Host
  • Kendrick, Dorothy Producer
  • Shell, Vitus Interviewee


This segment from the January 20, 2023, episode of the series “Art Rocks!” features Dorothy Kendrick’s profile of Vitus Shell, a painter from Monroe, Louisiana. He discusses: connecting the old and new of African American culture in his work; documenting the world around him; his love of portraits; his creative process; the stories behind some of his pieces; the teachers and mentors who encouraged him to pursue art; his education and residencies; his recent exhibit at the Hilliard Art Museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL); and being featured on the cover of Louisiana Life Magazine. Host: James Fox-Smith