Sydney Jane Brooke Campbell Maybrier Pursel (yeah, its a mouthful) is an interdisciplinary artist specializing in socially engaged, activist, performance, video and new media arts. Through art she explores personal identity drawing from her Indigenous and Irish Catholic roots. Some of Sydney's projects are used to educate others about food politics, language loss, appropriation, and history in addition to projects amongst her own community focusing on language acquisition, culture and art. Her work has been shown at public parks, universities and alternative spaces in Columbia, MO; Fulton, MO; Kansas City, MO; Lawrence, KS; San Francisco, CA; Santa Fe, NM; Seattle, WA; Toronto, ON; Vermillion, SD; and White Cloud, KS. She is an enrolled member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas & Nebraska.
Sydney received her MFA in Expanded Media at the University of Kansas and her BFA in Painting from the University of Missouri.
Speech, unique performance focus on revitalizing Native American culture (The Sheridan Press)
Expanding Horizons, Columbia artist works out cultural identity for herself, viewers (Columbia Daily Tribune)
Sydney Pursel awarded first Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists (Alliance of Artist Communities)
Ucross selects its first recipient of Fellowship for Native American artists (Billings Gazette)
Columbia artist is first recipient of Native American art fellowship (The Missourian)
New Spencer Museum exhibit knits history of race and education in Kansas (University Daily Kansan)
Meet four art students who received research grants (University Daily Kansan)
A conversation with Sydney Pursel (Vox Magazine)
MU artists build teepee for voyage out west (Columbia Missourian)
Millennials on media (Mizzou Magazine)