The interview concerns Professor Tibbetts's decades-long practice of preparing portraits (in gouache or pen and ink) in anticipation of the interviews he conducts with figures from the worlds of film, theatre, music, and literature. Professor Tibbetts has donated these portraits, signed by the notable figures they depict, to the Kenneth Spencer Research Library. In this interview, Tibbetts discusses his artistic training and style and his approach to portraiture and interviewing, and he recounts anecdotes from several of his celebrity interviews.
This is an oral history interview with John C. Tibbetts, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, University of Kansas, recorded at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library on February 13, 2018. Interviewer: Elspeth Healey, Associate Librarian, Special Collections, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.
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