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March 27 | Kimberly Camp

Kimberly will be our featured guest on Meet the Artist, Saturday, March 27th at 11am ET on Zoom. To learn more about or register for the event click here.

About the Artist

Artist Statement
My dolls are made from materials from five continents, with different air dry and ceramic clays. Combining hard and soft, ornamental and structural elements, they are made of fabric, fibers, bones, semi-precious stones, wood, beads, found objects, and paint. Visible stitches and knots reflect our flawed humanity – constructed out of whole cloth and assembled in a mishmash of language, identity, family, culture, emotion, and spirituality. They reinforce the hand/craft connection with each doll.

Bio

Kimberly Camp began her career as a professional artist over 50 years ago. Since then, her paintings and dolls have been shown throughout the US in over 100 solo and group exhibitions. Her list of exhibitions is extensive, including the American Craft Museum, Smithsonian Institution, International Sculpture Center, University of Michigan, the Hand Workshop, Sawtooth Center for the Visual Arts, CRT Craftery Gallery and Manchester Craftsman’s Guild.

Her work has been prominently featured in traveling exhibitions including “Spirit of the Cloth: African American Quilters”, for the Craftery Gallery; “Touch: Beyond the Visual”, for the Arlington Art Center, VA; and “Uncommon Beauty in Common Objects” for the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Ohio.

Camp’s workshops and residencies include the Baltimore Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Longwood Gardens, the Smithsonian Institution, the African American Museum Philadelphia, and Indiana University, Pennsylvania. Her paintings and dolls are in the collections of Anne Wollman, Faith Ringgold, Judith Jamison, the Reader’s Digest, Manchester Craftsman’s Guild and the J.B. Speed Art Museum. Additionally, she has been featured in Essence, Nouvel Objet, the New York Times, FiberArts, National Geographic World, the Village Voice and Smithsonian.

Camp has served internationally as a panelist and speaker for the National Black Arts Festival, National Endowment for the Arts; the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Foundation International Arts Program; and the arts councils of Arizona, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and New Jersey, to name a few.

She has received numerous awards including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Kellogg National Leadership Program Fellowship, Smithsonian International Travel fellowship as Visiting Scholar for Tokyo Gedia University, and the Roger L. Stevens Award for Contributions to the Arts and Culture from Carnegie Mellon University.

Camp, a native of Camden, NJ pursued a dual career as president and CEO of The Barnes Foundation, founding director of the Smithsonian Institution Experimental Gallery, and president and CEO of the Charles Wright Museum in Detroit. From 2005-2011, she led the creation of a science, technology and natural history project, the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, in Washington state. Her work as an artist and administrator puts her ideas about the role art plays in democracy, social equity and diversity into practice.

Ms. Camp received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Science degree from Drexel University. In 2013, she opened Galerie Marie in Collingswood NJ, which features Camp’s paintings and dolls, and work by 120+ artists from around the world.

Currently, Camp serves as a curator for A New View public art project and is on the faculty of Drexel University’s Arts Administration program. She consults for non-profit organizations on strategic planning, leadership transition and best practices in governance.

https://galeriemarie.net/

 

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