Artist | Author | Photographer
Brief Art Bio
Jill Campbell works in several media with an eclectic sense of the unity of the world underlying the diverse uses of image, texture and emotion. She has worked since she was young and actually began winning prizes in art competitions as early as 17 years old. One of the very interesting facts about her art career is that when she was in Spain during the 1970s she began her international art career with publicity for a rock musical group which toured during the era of Francisco Franco, the fascist dictator who sharply cut out most creativity and art. This became the inspiration for a philosophy of: you need 3 things in life- a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone., and always learn to say Thank you, no matter where you are and what language they are speaking, smiles will say the rest.
Nature awes, surprises, shocks, delights, replicates. We have an intimate connection with it. Art creates a connection. Creativity as Einstein says “is intelligence having fun.” We all know how nature repeats itself: A cloud looks like a cow, tiny rivulets of water run down the beach creating minuscule chasms in the sand reminiscent of the Grand Canyon, oak in the wind has branches that wave like the arms of a Flamenco dancer.
One of the purposes of art is to scrape the dirt from our eyes, to help us see in new ways, to make the unnoticed noteworthy.
In my artwork and photography, I discover and record the common pattern of the universe in unexpected places, surprising us by presenting the familiar in a setting that makes what is ordinary fresh, what is commonplace extraordinary.
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1974 Barcelona, Spain, , North American School exhibition and purchase: batik, mixed media pieces
Purchase prize Lansing Community College, permanent collection Howell Branch
Purchase prize Christian Art Show, permanent collection: John Muir portrait interpretation, 1998
1998 Schuler Books show “Generations” with David Kleis, purchase prize
Purchase prize, Christian Art Show “A.Pair.ent Re:Leaf”, linocut.
2000Ontario, Canada Millenium Time Capsule, , Photographic work
2007 one woman shows at: Creole Gallery, Old Town, Lansing, Mi., Cappuccino Café, E. Lansing, Mi. , The Turner-Dodge Mansion first Sunday exhibits and Absolute Gallery in Old Town as well as the La Cloche Art Show.
2011 MEA juried show Honorable mentions for several years, Juror’s Purchase Prize
2012 La Cloche Art show, Ontario Canada second place prize sculpture
2013 Massey, Canada Art shows: 1st Place People's Choice vote, 2014 1st Place People's Choice vote, 2015 2nd prize People's Choice vote
2014 Mid-Michigan Art Guild Honorable mention jury selection.
2019 Solo Woman show entitled "FLIGHT OF IMAGINATION" at the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA) Gallery in Old Town, Lansing, Michigan. Two artworks were picked up for permanent exhibition by the NEC (Neighborhood Education Commission) and an author signing event took place for the photographic books: 3: A BALINESE CULTURAL WAY as well as three other photographic books.
2017 Massey Ontario Art show 1st prize public vote in 2 categories: Watercolor and Photography
2017 Keys to Creativity Gallery 2nd prize jury selection in the Icons of Michigan Show, 3rd prize jury selection the following month in the Blue Show
2017 Licensing of 2 works of art to the Arts Council of Michigan as an innovative method to teach narrative through visual art. This traveled to all public schools in Michigan targeting 1st through 3rd grade students.
2018 Birmingham, Michigan two juried-in entries, Sold "Rock of Stages".
2020 Broad Museum of Contemporary Art. In this international museum, Jill Campbell’s piece Breaking Free was shown during the Martin Luther King Exhibit.