Kimberly Camp

Kimberly Camp


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    Artist's Biography

    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, 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. In February 2020, Camp’s dolls debuted at the prestigious American Craft Council show, where she received the Award of Excellence: Craft Makes Us Human.

    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 received the 2020 Award of Excellence from the American Craft Council for her debut at their Baltimore show.

    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 BA from the University of Pittsburgh and her MS from Drexel University. In 2013, she opened Galerie Marie in Collingswood NJ, which features Camp’s paintings and dolls, and work by 200+ artists from around the world.

    Currently, Camp serves as a curator for A New View Camden public art project, as adjunct faculty at Drexel University and Rutgers University. She consults for non-profit organizations on strategic planning, leadership transition and best practices in governance.

    Artist's Statement

    My work is centered around family, including my ancestors, whose guidance and protection surround me at all times. Some of my work depicts actual family members and attempts to capture the moments that all families know – that of the embrace or warmth of sisters proudly standing together, or nieces and uncles horsing around. Others combine those images with glimpses of the ancestors, and their subtle or not so subtle conversations about their embrace of the living. Other work draws only from the spiritual plane, with manifestations of guardians, protectors, tricksters and other entities who appear without forethought in the act of painting. Sometimes they reflect specific spiritual traditions from family roots, and others combine African and American traditions in ways that capture the essence of our African American ancestry.

    I hope that viewers are able to see something of themselves and those they love in each painting, be it in the glance of one eye, the bend of a knee and an elbow, the smile on a face elated or the absences of human form where animals convey similar glances. Simply put, they serve as a reminder of the reflections of spirit and soul.

    In 1982 I began making dolls. Within the year, Faith Ringgold recommended me for inclusion in a major national magazine. I make OOAK dolls using materials collected over the years on five continents. I’ve used different clay bodies, but mostly use Japanese paper clay. Combining hard and soft, ornamental and structural, I employ leather, raffia, bones, fabric, semi-precious stones, recycled fur, wood, beads and bells, found objects, paint, etc.

    I create a cacophony of semiology beginning with faces, heads, hands and feet. I select the first element that calls to me, which is taken from concept to completion. The first finished doll becomes the Spirit of the Table.

    I assemble them in related stages, based on needed materials. Sometimes, I sketch out ideas for dolls, indicating specific colors, and materials. Each one completed leads to the next, comprising the family of the Spirit of the Table.

    I leave visible stitches and knots because my dolls reflect our flawed humanity - constructed out of whole cloth and assembled in a mishmash of language, identity, family, culture, emotion, and spirituality; and they reinforce the hand/craft connection with each doll.

    Selected Exhibitions

    2007 - 2008
    Stories: Paintings and Dolls by Kimberly Camp, African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA

    African American Dolls by Kimberly Camp, Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Dallas, TX
    Curator: Philip Collins, Chief curator, African American Museum, Dallas, TX

    Solo Exhibition, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

    Solo exhibition, CRT/Craftery Gallery, Hartford, CT

    Solo exhibition, Harrison Museum of African American Culture, Roanoke, VA

    Solo Exhibition, International Sculpture Center Emerging Forms Series, Washington, DC

    Fabric Figures, Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, VA
    Curator: Mark Scala

    Freedom to See Ourselves, Washington State University, Richland, WA
    Invited Artist

    Happy Matters, Arts Extended Gallery, Detroit, MI
    Featured Artist

    Women Who Walk the Path, Washington State University, Richland, WA

    African Turnabout, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Icebox Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    World/Image: Bookworks, National Conference of Artists, Detroit, MI

    Non-Traditional Dolls, Ohio Crafts Museum, Columbus, OH

    1995 - 1996
    International Women's Art, World Bank Art Society, World Bank, Washington, DC

    Hand Me Downs: Innovation Within A Tradition, Afro-American Cultural Center, Charlotte, NC

    1993 - 1995
    Uncommon Beauty in Common Objects: The Legacy of African American Craft Art
    Curator: Willis Bing Davis, National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce, OH
    Traveling exhibition: American Craft Museum, NY, NY; African American Panoramic Experience, Atlanta, GA; Museum of Afro-American Life and Culture, Dallas, TX; Afro- American Fine Art Museum, San Diego, CA; Renwick Gallery of American Crafts, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

    Spirit of the Cloth: African American Quilters
    Curator: Edjohnetta Miller, CRT Craftery Gallery, Hartford, CT
    Traveling exhibition: American Museums of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA; National Afro-American Museum, Wilberforce, OH; Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Dallas, TX; Quiltworks '93, Louisville, KY; Frank Hale Cultural Center, OH

    1993 - 1994
    Touch: Beyond the Visual
    Curators: Angela Adams, National Museum of Women in the Arts; Paula Owen, The Hand Workshop, Richmond, VA
    Traveling exhibition: Sawtooth Center for the Visual Arts, Winston-Salem, NC; Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA; School 33, Baltimore, MD; Danville

    National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA

    Rosebud Film Festival: art/experimental category, Washington, DC

    Lila Wallace, Reader's Digest Foundation International Arts Program, NY

    Rosebud Film Festival: art/experimental category, Washington, DC

    10th Annual Camden City Arts Exhibition, Camden, NJ

    Rosebud Film Festival: art/experimental category, Washington, DC

    Wilmington Fine Arts Commission Solo Exhibitions, DE

    Arlington Arts Center Solo Exhibitions, VA

    Works Published In

    The Baltimore Sun
    National Geographic World
    Pitt Magazine
    The Philadelphia Tribune
    The New York Times
    The Courier Post
    Shooting Star Review
    The Village Voice
    Apprise Magazine
    The Philadelphia Inquirer
    Dallas Morning Star
    Washington Flyer
    Roanoke Times and World News
    American Crafts Council newsletter
    The Crafts Report
    Smithsonian Magazine
    Diverse Issues in Higher Education


    Forbes, Dennis, "Studios and Workspaces of Black American Artists"

    Select media interviews
    NBC Today, CNN Headline News, CBS Sunday Morning, ZDF, National Public Radio, City TV Ontario, Fox Broadcasting, Washington Post, Washington Times, Voice of America, Nyheterna; Nick News, MSNBC, New York Times, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, U.S. News and World Report, and other local, regional, national and international media outlets

    Professional Experience

    Cooper’s Ferry Partnership/City of Camden NJ, Rutgers Camden Center for the Arts
    Curator, A New View Camden

    Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
    Adjunct faculty, Visual Arts Management, Antoinette Westphal College of Design and Media Arts Administration MS program

    2013 - Present
    Galerie Marie, LLC, Collingswood, NJ

    2015 - 2016
    Lincoln University, Oxford, PA
    Senior Lecturer

    2007 - 2011
    CEO Richland Public Facilities District
    Hanford Reach Interpretive Center

    1998 - 2005
    The Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA
    President and CEO

    1994 - 1998
    Museum of African American History (MAAH), Washington, DC

    1989 - 1994
    Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
    Director, The Experimental Gallery

    Special Projects

    2005 - 2007
    Pennsylvania Council for the Arts
    Consultant, Strategies for Success Program

    2005 - 2006
    The Freelon Group for Wachovia Bank
    Consultant for program planning for the new Afro American Cultural Center, Charlotte, North Carolina

    Acadia Summer Arts Program, Bar Harbor, ME
    Artist in Residence

    1997 - 2000
    Kellogg National Leadership Program

    The Getty Center for Education in the Arts Discipline Based Arts Education and Cultural Diversity, Barton Creek, TX

    Japan Ministry of Construction/Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
    Visiting Research Scholar

    Pennsylvania Department of Education, Presenter, "King's Gap Symposium on Art History and Art Aesthetics in the Field of Arts Education", African Retentions in Early African American Culture and Ritual Published 1987

    1982 - 1986
    City of Camden, NJ Art Annual
    Curator, Coordinator and Juror


    J.B. Speed Art Museum Manchester
    Craftsman's Guild Reader's Digest
    Camden Historical Society Cynthia Reese
    Private collections throughout the United States


    National Endowment for the Arts
    Panelist, American Recovery Act Panel for Museums

    National Endowment for the Arts
    Museum Program

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    "Art and the Black Aesthetic"

    Crafts and Ethics, American Crafts Council/Sawtooth Center for the Visual Arts

    Institute of Texan Cultures, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
    University Conference on Multiculturalism in the United States, with Arthur Schlesinger, Cornel West, Jorge Klor de Alva and Carlos Cortes

    Smithsonian Institution Resident Associates Program and Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, Washington, DC
    "The Shape of Things to Come: The Impact of Commerce and Technology on the Arts"

    Bridge to Bahia, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
    "African Influence in African American Visual Arts"

    Howard University, Washington, DC
    Fourth Annual James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art, "Out of Invisibility: Interpreting and Redefining African American Cultural Expression in the Crafts"

    National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
    "Women in the Craft Arts"

    National Endowment for the Arts
    Panel chair, Commissioning and Presenting Program

    National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
    "Women in the Arts: Building Community in a Time of Crisis

    National Endowment for the Arts
    InterArts Program, New Forms

    1990 - 1992
    DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC
    Arts in Education Projects

    Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
    "The Representation of Self and Others"

    Delaware Arts Council, Wilmington, DE
    Meeting on Cultural Diversity (lecture)

    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
    Training Workshop, "Cultural Diversity in Museums"

    School 33, Baltimore, MD
    "Cultural Apartheid"

    Awards & Honors

    2020 Award of Excellence: Craft Makes us Human, American Craft Council 2020

    Roger L. Stevens Award for Contributions to the Arts and Culture, H. John Heinz School of Public Policy and Administration, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

    Spirit of Detroit, Detroit City Council

    Award of Distinction, Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation

    Purchase Award, J.B. Speed Art Museum/ Louisville Chapter Links, Inc.

    Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Achievement in Painting

    New Jersey State Senate Citation

    Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission Award "Builders of the Community"

    Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Achievement in Painting

    Association of Negro Business and Professional Women Community Service Award

    National Conference of Artists National Service Award

    City of Camden Arts Achievement Award


    Doll Making
    Baltimore Museum of Art, MD
    Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, Philadelphia, PA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
    Baron College, Philadelphia, PA Longwood Gardens, Chester, PA
    Winchester Public Schools, Winchester, VA Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis, MD Camden Historical Society, NJ
    Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Museum, Washington, DC Smithsonian Institution Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC Harrison Museum of African American Culture


    Gallup Leadership Institute
    Certificate Program

    Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
    MS, Arts Administration

    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    BA, Studio Art and Art History