I am more than my body. I am feelings, thoughts, energy. “I AM, BEAUTIFUL.” is the title of the piece. It is meant to be heard by the voices inside you – the ones in your head. Hear it. Listen to it. It is true. You are energy. You are a beautiful creation. When you see it, say it. I AM, BEAUTIFUL. This is a gift to that voice, that energy that is you that is bigger than the you I see.
All the art I create has color, surface and soul as the main elements. I am working on a series of huge cross stitch tapestries that is meant to be seen outdoors. Being given a mannequin to play with, it was fun to see that it was the voices within and the soul that I wanted to connect with.
Statement about the current series:
This is not your grandmother’s needlework. This is large scale translucent tapestry made with craft yarn on an open weave that’s as big as the trees. This is Kris Campbell Art.
I create meaningful visual experiences that connect to the soul, time, space and celebrate the human experi- ence. I take a delicate, precise craft and using yarn on screen assemble large works that fill up space, demand- ing to be seen. The consistent cross stitch throughout creates a smooth surface that highlights the color varia- tion, evoking waves of light and molecular energy. In some places the screen is left bare, allowing for a space beyond the surface of the work, imagining the way a soul searches beyond the skin’s surface.
born 1971, USA
EDUCATION 2001 MFA, SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS, NY 1989 BFA, LAFAYETTE COLLEGE, PA 1999 BARNES FOUNDATION VISUAL ART PROGRAM
SELECTED SOLO SHOWS
2020 SEE ME, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY 2018 IN OUT AND OF, 95 1⁄2 Main Gallery, NY
HONORS & GRANTS
2021 Artist of the Year, Arts Council of Rockland Arts Council of Rockland Support Fund Recipient
2021 ACoR Artist Interview 2020 Stitchery Stories with Susan Weeks
Guest on Radio Kingston
2021 Fiber Arts
SELECTED JURIED SHOWS
2021 VOCE/VOICES, Wickham Works, Warwick NY, outdoor group exhibition (6 of IAMCOLOR series) Yarn, Rope, String, juried international exhibition , Appalachian Center for Craft Collab Concepts, Brewster, NY, outdoor group exhibition Rockland Arts Festival Pop Up: unveiling of #iamyellow (and #iampurple)
Pelham Art Happening Sloatsburg Plein Air Festival Rockland Arts Festival: demo night Rockland Arts Festival: PFLAG sponsored artist talk Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY Nyack Art Collective Group Show: online, Valley Cottage Library and Union Arts in Haverstraw
2020 Let There be Light, outdoor art show, Garnerville, NY (3 of IAMCOLOR) Collab Concepts, outdoor sculpture show, Beacon, NY Women’s Voices, Arts Council of Rockland, NY ArtWalk, Nyack NY (cancelled due to pandemic)
Garner Arts member show, Garnerville, NY Hopper House Member Show, Nyack, NY Nyack Art Collective Members Show, Casa del Sol, Nyack, NY, St. Thomas Aquinas College,
Orangeburg, NY and online
2019 O+ Festival, Kingston, NY Garnerville studio visits for students, Garnerville, NY Artwalk, Nyack, NY 95 1/2 Main Gallery, Nyack, NY Rockland Center for the Arts Pride Benefit, West Nyack, NY L.A.B. Fest, Garnerville, NY Rockland Arts Festival, Piermont, NY Nyack Art Collective Members Show, Casa del Sol, Nyack, NY ACoR members show, Garnerville, NY
2018 ARTZUU, Garnerville Arts Festival, Garnerville, NY Nyack Art Collective Member Show, Casa del Sol, Nyack, NY Combat Paper Exhibit (juried show), Nyack, NY
2017 Incredible Creature, 95 1/2 MAIN GALLERY, Nyack, NY Nyack Art Collective Member Show, Casa del Sol, Nyack, NY Piermont Art in the Park, Piermont, NY How High the Moon, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Guilty Pleasures, Bel-Ans, Orangeburg, NY Nyack Art Walk, Nyack, NY Nyack Art Collective Member Show, Casa del Sol, Nyack, NY, O D's, Nyack, NY,
Valley Cottage Library, Valley Cottage, NY Garnerville Artist Member Show, Garnerville, NY Edward Hopper House Member Show, Nyack, NY
2017-2020 2017-2020 2017-2020 2017-2020 2019-2020
Nyack Art Collective Hopper House Rockland Center for the Arts Garner Arts
Arts Council of Rockland
Nyack Art Collective, Board Position, Arts Council of Rockland (ACoR), Hopper House, Rockland Center for the Arts, Pelham Art Center, Garnerville Art Center, Modern Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of Art, NY Botanical Garden