Cameron Jarvis

Installation & Mixed Media

Artist's Biography

Cameron Jarvis is a visual artist and musician originally from Cottage Grove, Minnesota. In 2019 Cameron received his MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art and Architecture (Philadelphia, PA). He earned his BA in Studio Art and Music Performance in 2015 from Gustavus Adolphus College (Saint Peter, MN). Cameron spent spring semester of 2014 studying painting at Slade School of Fine Art (London, UK). Cameron has exhibited his work in the Central and Eastern United States. In 2020 he participated in Testing Grounds, an exhibition curated by Alex Nazar and Austen Camille at Cherry Street Pier (Philadelphia, PA). Cameron's solo shows include VERSIONS/I LIKE LIKE, his 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition at Tyler School of Art and Architecture (Philadelphia, PA); First Hand in 2017 at Rochester Art Center (Rochester, MN) as part of their Emerging Artists Series; and 30mph Zone in 2016 at Gustavus Adolphus College (Saint Peter, MN) where he was the first recipient of their Studio Lab Technician Fellowship. Cameron was a 2016 artist in residence at Anderson Center At Tower View (Red Wing, MN) with the support of the Jerome Foundation. In 2016 he was featured in 410's Project Bike (2016) a documentary film produced by The 410 Project and True Facade Pictures (Mankato, MN).

Cameron currently lives, works, and rests in Philadelphia, PA.

Artist's Statement

My artistic practice begins with the premise that the space an object or person operates within has a significant influence on their identity. By walking, drawing, painting, and collecting objects in the vicinity of my body I am investigating the systems that determine the characteristics of these constructed spaces. Each work is a physical, a visual or a lexical conclusion to reveal the unacknowledged standards, attitudes, and processes that determine how the spaces that contextualize our bodies are built.

By using ubiquitous, often unnoticed materials like concrete, dust, trash, and household items mixed with more traditional art materials, I highlight the similar molds by which private and public spaces are constructed. I use variation, chance, decay and lack of order to point out the limits of my control as a young black artist and emphasize the viewer’s role in creating meaning. Making and defining art is the same process of ordering as keeping a home, planning a city, and maintaining a nation. As the boarders expand, and control expands from private to public space, the composition and density of the corpus changes. Defining a space eventually means defining its occupants.

Selected Exhibitions

VERSIONS / I LIKE LIKE, Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Philadelphia, PA
Senior Thesis Exhibition

30mph Zone: New Work by Cameron Jarvis, Schaefer Gallery, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN

Here & Somewhere Else: Artwork by Cameron Jarvis, Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN

Emerging Artist Series, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, NY
Curators: Megan Johnston, Su Legtt

How We Got Here: New Work by Cameron Jarvis and Miranda Moen, 1916 Gallery, Chatfield, MN

Departures, Art Center of Saint Peter, Saint Peter, MN
With Professor Betsy Byers

Testing Grounds, Cherry Street Pier, Philadelphia, PA
Curators: Austen Camille, Alex Nazar

Hybrid, Bertrand Productions, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Galen Gibson-Cornell

410's Project Bike, 410 Project, Mankato, MN

Land: Mine, Heyde Center for the Arts, Chippewa Falls, WI
Curator: Lori Chilefone, Jyl Kelley

Magnificent Maps, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN

I Can't Breathe, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
Jurors: Romi Crawford, Ph. D, Mary Patten

Artist's Bibliography

Crimmins, Peter, "Cherry Street Pier opens its larges public art exhibition since pandemic began," WHYY, October 10, 2020

Mensink Lovejoy, Gretchen, "Heritage Day features the best Chatfield has to offer," September 14, 2016

Behrends, Al, "30mph Zone: New Works by Cameron Jarvis," Gustavus Fine Arts Blog, April 21, 2016

Behrends, Al, "Cameron Jarvis '15 Artwork in Here & Somewhere Else Exhibition," Gustavus Fine Arts Blog, July 13, 2015

Behrends, Al, "Works by Betsy Byers & Cameron Jarvis '15 in DEPARTURES Exhibition at St. Peter Art Center," Gustavus Fine Arts Blog, July 29, 2013

Film Credits

410's Project Bike, The 410 Project and True Facade Pictures, Mankato, MN
Featured Artist

Awards & Honors

Artist in Residence, Anderson Center at Tower View, Red Wing, MN

Purchase Award, Free Art Tasting and False Advertising, Hillstrom Museum of Art, Saint Peter, MN

Award, Stylized, Happy Face Space, Minneapolis, MN

Presidential Faculty-Student Collaboration Grant, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN
With Professor Betsy Byers

Public Collections

Gustavus Department of Art and Art History, Saint Peter, MN

Gustavus Department of English and Writing Center, Saint Peter, MN

Park Grove Branch Library, Cottage Grove, MN

Culpepper Language Arts Center, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN


Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Painting

Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN
BA, Studio Art, Music Performance
Magna cum Laude

Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK
Semester abroad, Painting