Jim Campbell (b.1956) is an American artist. After transitioning from filmmaking to interactive video installations in the mid 1980s, Campbell began using LEDs as his primary medium in 2000. His custom electronic sculptures and installations have made him a leading figure in the use of computer technology as an art form. His practice explores concepts of human perception, knowledge, and memory.
Campbell has exhibited internationally at institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The International Center for Photography, New York; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Campbell’s works are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the de Young Museum, San Francisco; and the Berkeley Art Museum, among others. Campbell has earned degrees from MIT in mathematics and engineering. As an engineer, he holds nearly twenty patents in the field of video image processing. His 2018 piece Day for Night is a permanent LED installation across the top nine floors of the 61-story Salesforce Tower in San Francisco. Campbell lives and works in San Francisco.