Dr Kurt Campbell is Associate Professor in Fine Art and currently the Acting Director at the Michaelis School of Fine Art (2019). He completed his undergraduate degree (BAFA) and postgraduate education studies (P.G.C.E) at the University of Cape Town. He obtained his Masters degree (MAFA) from Stellenbosch University, where he taught for four years before joining the Michaelis School of Fine Art. Campbell completed his PhD at the NRF Flagship for Critical Thought in the African Humanities: Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape.
Notable writing projects include publishing in the "European Journal of English Studies" (peer reviewed international journal), Harvard University's "Transition" journal and Brill's "Philological Encounters".
Campbell's recent artworks combine sculpture and Augmented Reality (AR) to facilitate interactive art experiences. The conceptual frameworks of his visual research often engage the post-apartheid, post-colonial space of aesthetic ideation in South Africa.
In 2017 Campbell spent the fall as a fellow at Harvard University and 2018 saw Campbell seconded to the American University in Cairo to work with students in the field of Augmented Reality and deliver a lecture at the Arts Faculty relating to South African Contemporary Art. This formed part of the HuSS Lab (Humanities and Social Science Laboratory) collaborative programme.
His recently published monograph (2019) positions the writing of the blinded champion boxer Andrew Jeptha as an important contribution to Postcolonial and Disability Studies:
Recent major award (Shared with Dr H. Grunebaum): Best Exhibition Catalogue 2019. National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS)