UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Crystal Z Campbell

Portrait of artist Crystal Z Campbell, MFA.

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


UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar, 2021-22

  • 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

Pronouns: They/them/theirs

Email:  cc373@buffalo.edu

Office Phone:  716-645-7462

Office:  648 Clemens Hall, UB North

Crystal Z Campbell (they/them/theirs) is a 2021-22 UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar, multidisciplinary artist, experimental filmmaker, and writer of Black, Filipino, and Chinese descents. A 2021 Guggenheim Fellow in Fine Arts, 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. 

In 2020-21, Campbell was a Harvard Radcliffe Film Study Center & David & Roberta Logie Fellow and is founder of the virtual programming platform archiveacts.com

Areas of Interest/Special Expertise

Visual arts; experimental film