Gloria Bell’s research and teaching examines visual culture focusing on Indigenous arts of the Americas, primarily from the nineteenth century through to contemporary manifestations. Currently, her research focuses on exhibition histories of Indigenous arts in the early twentieth century in Italy, Indigenous artistic experience beyond colonial boundaries, decolonizing methodologies, materiality studies, and the importance of art as living history. Her book project, “Indigeneity in the Eternal City,” focuses on the relationships between Indigenous American cultural belongings, cultural encounter, and exhibition histories in Italy. Through an analysis of the artworks of Indigenous artists, statuary of Indigenous American delegations, children’s games, and missionary accounts, Bell’s research presents the mobility of Indigenous visual culture, and the global circulation of Indigenous artists and artworks in metropolitan and imperial spaces such as the Vatican.
Professor Bell received her MA from Carleton University (2010) and is completing her PhD at the University of British Columbia. Her research has been funded by numerous awards including Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships, and a Cordula and Gunter Paetzold Fellowship, University of British Columbia. Recently, she completed a Frances C. Allen and Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies fellowship at the Newberry Library and a Terra Foundation for American Art fellowship in Giverny, France. She has also received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and participated in the Otsego Institute for Native American Art History.
Bell has presented at conferences in the fields of art history and Indigenous studies across Turtle Island. She worked as the web editor for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and also in collections management at the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe. Bell has Métis and Celtic ancestry. She has published in journals such as Wicazo Sa Review and written for art publications including Canadian Art, First American Art Magazine and the Métis in Canada Anthology.