Dr Catherine Bell

Dr Catherine Bell

Associate Professor Catherine Bell is a multi-disciplinary artist, curator, visual art lecturer and Director of the ACU’s Melbourne Gallery at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Art History & English Literature) from the University of Queensland in 1989 and completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Sculpture) at Queensland University of Technology in 1992. After graduating from Q.U.T., Bell was awarded the Melville Haysom scholarship and residency at the Queensland Art Gallery (1994). That year Bell had her first solo exhibition at Sutton Gallery and has since been included in group exhibitions such as Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales (1993), Small Monuments, Queensland Art Gallery (1995), The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia (1996), Truth Universally Acknowledged, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art (2005), True Crime: Murder and Misdemeanour in Australian Art, Geelong Gallery (2008), The Animal Gaze (Touring Exhibition), Whitechapel Gallery (2008), Centre for Contemporary Art, Exeter and Plymouth City Museum (2009) and Tier Perspektiven, Georg-Kolbe Museum & Tier-Werden Mensch-werden, NGBK, Berlin (2009).

In 1996 Bell completed an MFA at RMIT University before moving to the United Kingdom to embark on a research fellowship at the Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford University (2000-01). In 2003 Bell was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Art and Design at Monash University, Caulfield. She was the recipient of the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for the best doctoral thesis in the Faculty of Art and Design, Monash University in 2008; and was awarded the Australia Council Visual Arts Board, Greene Street, New York Studio, 2010. Since 2004, Bell has lectured in visual arts at the Australian Catholic University; and for twenty-five years has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions across Australia and internationally.

She has curated exhibitions at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance, Victorian College of the Arts – Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Linden-Centre for Contemporary Art and artist run initiatives, Blindside and Victoria Park Gallery. Catherine Bell is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne and her video work can be viewed at the Australian Video Art Archive www.videoartchive.org.au.

For more information, please see Catherine Bell’s profile on ACU’s Staff Directory.

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