Rebecca A. Campbell
medium: mixed media
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My current work is a reflection of Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay area. The south shore of Lake Superior is aesthetically rich and complex, both in terms of its people and its natural resources. With this work, I link art and nature in a way that draws attention to, and generates a deeper appreciation for, the interdependent habitats and ecosystems supporting the diverse flora and fauna of the Chequamegon Bay area.
These whimsical mixed-media mosaics incorporate an assortment of commercial, handmade and found objects such as glass, pottery and tile shards, buttons, flatware, bullet shell casings, beads and vintage jewelry. They also include hand-made stamped tiles that convey information, quotes from literature, ideas and emotions about the particular animal or plant, such as scientific information, clutch size, nesting habits, diet, habitat and calls. These works appeal to the viewer on many different levels. As he or she is drawn to a flashy assortment of color, materials, patterns and textures, the viewer gains some specific knowledge or feeling about each plant or animal. My goal is to present dynamic, whimsical works of art in their own right that may also serve as effective educational tools relevant to the particular animal or plant portrayed. The stamped tiles in each piece convey information, ideas and emotions about the image that are intended to help the viewer gain specific knowledge or feelings about that plant or creature and the ecosystem that it inhabits.
Master of Arts (Art Education), University of Wisconsin-Superior, 1993
Art Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985
Bachelor of Science (Art), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1982
2010 “Lyrical Fragments” Solo Exhibit, Copper Country Community Arts Center, Hancock, Michigan
2009 “A Sense of Place” Solo Exhibit, Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
2007“Twenty Pieces Pulled From the Sky” Solo Exhibit, DeRicci Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin
2007 “Plucked From the Sky” Featured Artist, Riverfront Arts Center, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
2006 “Mosaica” Group Exhibit, Gallery 360, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2005 “Twenty Pieces Pulled From the Sky” Solo Exhibit, Washburn Museum and Cultural Center, Washburn, Wisconsin.
2005 “Art Woman” Juried exhibit, Appleton Art Center, Appleton, Wisconsin
2004 Wisconsin Regional Art Program Exhibit. Washburn, Wisconsin
2002 Wisconsin Regional Arts Program State Exhibit. Madison, Wisconsin
1999 North Light, Wisconsin Department of Administration Building
1998 Born To Be Wild, Cable Natural History Museum, Cable, Wisconsin
1998 Arrowhead Biennial 53rd Regional Competition, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, Minnesota
1997 Accessories, a Broad Interpretation, Three Woman Show, Dexter Library, Northland College Ashland, Wisconsin
1993 Hard Hitting Whimsy, Symbols of Power and Violence in Everyday Life, Master of Arts Exhibit, Kruk Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Superior, Wisconsin
1991 You Will Believe You Have Chosen Well, Solo Exhibit, Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin
1990 Environment, Close at hand or far afoot, Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin
1986 Wisconsin Art Education Association Annual Juried Exhibit, Milwaukee Art Institute, Milwaukee, Wisconsin