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 First Nations, Métis and Inuit arts in the early twentieth century in Italy, Global Indigenous studies, decolonizing and anti-colonial 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, material sovereignties, 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 cosmopolitan spaces such as the Vatican.
Professor Bell received her MA from Carleton University (2010) and completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia (2018). Her research has been funded by numerous prestigious 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 as a curator and 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 the anthology Métis in Canada, journals such as Wicazo Sa Review and contributes regularly to art publications including Canadian Art and First American Art Magazine.