The North Dakota Council on the Arts, along with the State Auditor's office are exhibiting the works of Bismarck artist Johnathon Campbell at the Capitol in Bismarck during the months of January, February and March. Campbell's work is on display in the auditor’s third floor office.
As a teenager living on the family farm north of Bismarck, Campbell was introduced to the basics of photography and darkroom printing by his mother. He carried that interest to the University of North Dakota, where he earned a bachelor's degree in visual art. After graduation, Campbell worked as the fossil preparator at the North Dakota Heritage Center, where he used his artistic skills to restore fossils, such as the mosasaur skeleton displayed in the Geologic Times Gallery.
In 2014, after a 20-year hiatus, Campbell picked up the camera again and began re-exploring the manipulation of light. His current area of expression is long exposure photography, with an emphasis on creative light painting. He has been a full gallery artist with the Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative since 2015. In 2017, he was selected as one of three professional artists for the artist-in-residence program in the North Dakota State Parks.