Katie Bell

Undergraduate Discipline

Visual and Studio Arts

BA, Knox College. MFA, Rhode Island School of Design. Bell has shown her work at a variety of venues, including Spencer Brownstone Gallery (New York City), Kavi Gupta Gallery (Chicago, IL), Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, NY), Locust Projects (Miami, FL), Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo, NY), the Brooklyn Academy of Music (Brooklyn, NY), and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, MA). Her work has been written about in BOMB Magazine, Whitewall, Hyperallergic, Artnet, Sculpture Magazine, and Art in America. In 2011, Bell was an artist-in-residence at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Space Program. She was awarded a fellowship in painting by the New York Foundation for the Arts and, in 2016, the Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship. Bell lives and works in New York, NY. She is currently teaching at Drew University and Sarah Lawrence College. SLC 2021– 

Undergraduate Courses 2021-2022

Visual and Studio Arts

Assemblage: The Found Palette

Open, Seminar—Fall and Spring

Layered, built, found, saved, applied, collected, arranged, salvaged...Jean Dubuffet coined the term "assemblage” in 1953, referring to collages he made using butterfly wings. Including found material in a work of art not only brings the physical object but also its embedded narrative. In this course, we will explore the various ways in which the found object can affect a work of art and its history dating back to the early 20th century. We will look at historical and contemporary artists such as Joseph Cornell, Robert Rauschenberg, Hannah Höch, Betye Saar, Richard Tuttle, Rachel Harrison, and Leonardo Drew. This course will tackle various approaches, challenging the notions of ”What is an art material?” and "How can the everyday inform the creative process.”