Faculty: Bolaji Campbell

Biography

Bolaji Campbell is Associate Professor of the Arts of Africa and the African Diaspora in History of Art and Visual Culture at RISD. Campbell holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Wisconsin Madison and an MFA and a B.A in Fine Arts from the Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly University of Ife) Ile Ife, Nigeria. He has previously taught at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife Nigeria, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as at the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC. A recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Sylvia and Pamela Coleman Fellowship, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Richard Horovitz Professional Development Fund Fellowship, Institute of International Education; Postdoctoral Fellowship, Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. Campbell is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, Nigerian Artists: A Who's Who and Bibliography (Smithsonian Institution), L’Art Africain Contemporain, "Guidebook to Contemporary African Art" (Paris). Bolaji Campbell has published numerous essays in learned journals and as chapters in books, his most recent work is a book entitled Painting for the Gods: Art and Aesthetics of Yoruba Religious Murals (Africa World Press, 2008).

Academic Research/Areas of Interest

African Art

Contemporary African Art

African American Art

African Diaspora Art

Bolaji Campbell

Bolaji Campbell

Associate Professor
bcampbel@risd.edu
401-277-4870

  • PHD, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Courses
  • HAVC-H101
    HISTORY OF ART & VISUAL CULTURE 1
  • HAVC-H102
    HISTORY OF ART & VISUAL CULTURE 2 (TOPICS)
  • HAVC-H445
    SEM: CRITICAL DISCOURSE ON THE BLACK FEMALE BODY
  • HAVC-H583
    SEMINAR: AFRICAN AMERICAN ART

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