Published April 25, 2022

Crystal Z Campbell earns 2022 Creative Capital Award

Crystal Z Campbell standing by window with colored fabrics.

Crystal Z Campbell

Crystal Z Campbell

Campbell (they/them/theirs) is a multidisciplinary artist, experimental filmmaker and writer of African American, Filipinx and Chinese descents whose practice centers on archival research. They find complexity in public secrets — fragments of information known by many but untold or unspoken.

According to Campbell, the 2022 Creative Capital Award, along with previous funding from Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, allows them to further examine the U.S.-Filipinx relationship, which will be considered alongside parallel histories of Black Americana in U.S. expansion and imperialism, using Campbell’s own intertwined Black and Filipinx family histories as a viewfinder to frame what it means to be(come) American.

Before coming to UB as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar, multidisciplinary artist Crystal Z Campbell took part in fellowships and residencies all over the globe. 

“I was quite a nomadic artist, moving from residency (or fellowship) to residency in places as varied as Amsterdam, a fishing village in Iceland, New York City, a coastal town in Sweden, Tulsa, and many others … I think more than 13 residencies at this point,” Campbell says. 

While each of these different locations and positions have made their impressions upon Campbell as an artist, one place stands out from the rest: the U.S. Postal Service.