Sydney Jane Brooke Campbell Maybrier Pursel 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 in 2017 and her BFA in Painting from the University of Missouri in 2011. Sydney was the recipient of the first Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists. She was chosen through a juried national competitive selection process. She has also served as Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Loo Family Intern of Global and Indigenous Art at the Spencer Museum of Art. Sydney has upcoming exhibitions at the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery in Clearmont, WY and the Ucross Native American Fellowship Exhibition ath the Ft. Collins Art Museum, CO.