Bio: Ian Campbell is an Arkansas-based artist and educator. He is Assistant Professor of Art at Lyon College in Batesville, AR. Ian holds an MFA in Photography + Integrated Media from Ohio University, and a BA from Wheaton College, Illinois. He also completed a semester-long student residency program at the New York Center for Art and Media Studies. Ian has shown his work in galleries, film festivals, publications, and conferences throughout the U.S. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Ian grew up in a large homeschooling family, and spent much of his youth drawing, reading, and exploring the outdoors. He began his ongoing fascination with photography when he received a camera as a high-school graduation gift. At Wheaton College, Ian majored in Studio Art, with a concentration in photography. After college, he supported his art practice by working for a sculptor, making beaded bookmarks, washing windows, driving a taxi, and manufacturing radiation shielding for the nuclear power industry before pursuing a career in higher education. He currently lives with his wife and daughter.

Artist’s Statement: My artistic practice incorporates both analog and digital photographic techniques, as well as film, video, sound, text, drawing, and sculpture. In my work, I explore the dialogues between science and fiction, natural history and pop culture: the interweaving of fact and fantasy of that informs our perception of the natural world. Most recently, I have focused on the unknown, the undiscovered, and the lost. By emphasizing the limitations of the photographic representation, my images evoke the boundaries of human knowledge. Researching forgotten histories and discarded artifacts is central to my practice, as I seek to conjure alternate realities, exploring the potential of photography to transcend what is visible and engage the imagination.