Published July 19, 2021

UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Crystal Z Campbell

Crystal Z Campbell, MFA (photo courtesy of Courtesy of Melissa Lukenbaugh).

Crystal Z Campbell, MFA (photo courtesy of Courtesy of Melissa Lukenbaugh)

Harvard Radcliffe Institute/David and Roberta Logie Fellow & Film Study Center Fellow

  • MFA, Visual Arts, University of California-San Diego 
  • MA, Africana Studies, University at Albany-SUNY 
  • BFA, Studio Art, University at Oklahoma 

Notable Awards

  • Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts, 2021 
  • Franklin Furnace Award, 2020 
  • Pollock Krasner Award, 2018

Crystal Z Campbell (they/them/theirs) is a multidisciplinary artist, experimental filmmaker, and writer of Black, Filipino, and Chinese descents. Campbell finds complexity in public secrets — fragments of information known by many but undertold or unspoken. Their archive-driven work in film/video, performance, installation, sound, painting, and text, has been exhibited at Drawing Center, Nest, ICA-Philadelphia, Studio Museum of Harlem, SculptureCenter, and SFMOMA, amongst others. Honors and awards include the Pollock-Krasner Award, MAP Fund, MacDowell, Skowhegan, Rijksakademie, Whitney ISP, Franklin Furnace, Tulsa Artist Fellowship, and Flaherty Film Seminar. Campbell’s writing has been featured in World Literature Today, Monday Journal, GARAGE, and Hyperallergic. 
Campbell is a Harvard Radcliffe Film Study Center & David & Roberta Logie Fellow (2020-2021) and founder of the virtual programming platform archiveacts.com. Campbell was recently named a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow in Fine Arts. 

Areas of Interest/Special Expertise

Visual arts; experimental film

The Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program

The Distinguished Visiting Scholars program provides scholars and artists of exceptional accomplishment a unique opportunity to join a cohort of visiting faculty—and the entire UB campus and local community—to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This program is a part of the UB College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Diversity Innovation.