Clayton Campbell is known to the international arts community as a practicing artist, who works as a cultural producer developing projects for fellow artists, as a consultant to major cultural foundations, and as a published arts writer.
Clayton Campbell is a long time visual artist whose digital photographic and media work often explore new visual strategies to promote public dialogue through social commentary and engagement. His seminal 2004 work “Words We Have Learned Since 9-11” has been exhibited at Nam June Paik Art Center, Korea; the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Higher Bridges Art Center, Enniskellin, Northern Ireland; the WYSPA Art Institute, Gdansk, Poland; the University Nevada Las Vegas; the Aaran Gallery, Tehran, Iran; the Museum of Mobile, Alabama; and Unit 24 Gallery, London.
He currently serves as an Advisor for the new Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. Between 1996 and 2010 he s held the position of Co-Executive Director and Artistic Director at the 18th Street Arts Center in Los Angeles, an internationally known artist residency center for contemporary artists of all disciplines. During this time he curated 50 group and solo exhibitions of national and international artists with an emphasis on photography, video, new media and performance.
He also organized over 350 artist residencies and cultural exchange projects with 30 countries.
In 2002, for his work in international arts, Campbell was awarded the distinction of Chevalier, Order of Arts and Letters, by the French government.
A widely published arts writer, he is the Los Angeles Correspondent for Flash Art International (Milan, Italy) and Los Angeles Editor, Contemporary Magazine (London). He recently contributed a chapter entitled ‘Contemporary Networks and Creative Communities’ to the UCLA textbook series ‘Culture and Globalization’, published by SAGE publications.
Mr. Campbell is the former President of Res Artis (International Association of Residential Arts Centres), Amsterdam; and a former Trustee of the Alliance of Artist Communities, US. He is a consultant to the Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi; The UCLA Fowler Museum of Art, Los Angeles; United States Artists and the Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska; the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center; and Gyeonggi Creation Center. He has been on numerous panels for foundations including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Center for Cultural Innovation.