Bolaji Campbell


Bolaji Campbell is Professor of African and African Diaspora Art in the Department of Theory and History of Art and Design at RISD. Campbell holds a PhD in art history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and MFA and BA degrees in fine arts from the Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly University of Ife) in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He has previously taught at Obafemi Awolowo University, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the Sylvia and Pamela Coleman Fellowship, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Richard A. Horovitz Professional Development Fund Fellowship, Institute of International Education; and a Postdoctoral Fellowship, Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. His publications include Fabric of Immortality: Ancestral Power, Performance and Agency in Egungun Artistry (Africa World Press, 2020) Painting for the Gods: Art and Aesthetics of Yoruba Religious Murals (Africa World Press, 2008) as well as numerous essays in learned journals.

Academic areas of interest

  • African Art
  • Contemporary African Art
  • African American Art
  • African Diaspora Art

Fall 2022

  • THAD-H476-01 Contemporary African Art: The Nigerian Experience
  • THAD-H583-01 African American Art
  • THAD-H705-01 Yoruba Art & Aesthetics

Spring 2023

  • THAD-H411-01 Art and History Of Early West African Kingdoms
  • THAD-H445-01 Sem: Critical Discourse On The Black Female Body
  • THAD-H623-01 Black Women Artists In The African Diaspora