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, galleries and alternative spaces in Columbia, MO; Fort Collins, CO; Fulton, MO; Iowa City, IA; Kansas City, MO; Lawrence, KS; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Santa Fe, NM; Seattle, WA; Sheridan, WY; Toronto, ON; Ucross, WY; 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.

curriculum vitae




Sydney Pursel: Central Standard (KCUR)

University alumna's unique artwork to be displayed at KU Powwow (University Daily Kansan)

‘Intricate Form’ exhibit displays Native American art (The Rocky Mountain Collegian)

Public Art, as mode for community conversation, takes center stage in Iowa City (The Gazette)

Off The Clock - Daniel Boone Regional Library Teaches A Lesson On Native American Culture (KBIA)

Art in the Park: Speaking of the Arts (KOPN)

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 Awards First Native American Visual Arts Fellowship (Wyoming Public Media)

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)

Social Justice and the Power of Art at Lawrence Free State Festival 2016 (KJHK)

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)


Culture Vulture Carrion: Lawrence Arts Center

NEH Landmarks Project Coordinator

Marilyn J. Stokstad Spencer Museum of Art Award

Spencer Museum of Art Collection

Nerd Nite: Humans

Steam Whistle Brewery 

Steam Whistle Brewery Collection

Progress Report: Watkins Museum