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Ian Campbell

Ian Campbell
Assistant Professor of Art

Contact information
Office 224 in the Alphin Humanities Building
870.307.7350 | ian.campbell@lyon.edu

 


Ian Campbell is an artist and educator specializing in photography and lens-based media. At Lyon, he teaches courses covering digital, analog, and alternative photographic processes, the history of photography, and film and video. He also regularly teaches Intro to Visual Art, Drawing, Advanced Studio Concepts, and Senior Projects, and he serves as the director of the Kresge Art Gallery.

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Ian holds an MFA in Photography and 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.

In his artwork, Ian explores the dialogues between science and fiction, natural history and pop culture: the interweaving of fact and fantasy that informs our perception of the natural world. His images draw attention to the human impulse to categorize and reconstruct reality. Often, Ian disrupts and questions aesthetic and scientific hierarchies by blurring the lines between found and constructed images, juxtaposing intentional elements with the random interactions of light and chemistry inherent to photographic processes. His images evoke the unknown and the limits of human knowledge as he seeks to conjure alternate realities, exploring the potential of photography to engage the imagination.

Ian joined the Lyon College Faculty in 2016. He is also an active member of the community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Batesville Area Arts Council and is a member of the following professional organizations: Arkansas Artists Registry, the Society for Photographic Education, and Christians in the Visual Arts.

His work can be viewed at www.iancampbellphoto.com