Jason Robert Bell
MFA. Yale School of Art. Master of Fine Arts, painting department (2000)
BFA. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bachelor of Fine Arts (1995)
High School Diploma. Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (1991)
One person exhibits and projects
The One Man Army Corpse
Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL ( March 16 - April 28, 2012)
The Tetragrammatron Archive - Installment 6 - The Robert Joseph Bell Institute for the Advancement of the Future
Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL ( January 27 - March 10, 2012)
The Tetragrammatron Archive - Installment 5 - Orpheus Terminals, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL ( December 9th - January 21, 2011)
The Tetragrammatron Archive - Installment 4 - Believe in Harvey Dent or Three Months in Valparaiso, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL ( October 21 st- Dec.3rd, 2011)
The Tetragrammatron Archive - Installment 3 - Mystical Outlaw Rebel Baaddaasss Drawings , Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL (Sept 9th- October 15th, 2011)
The Tetragrammatron Archive - Installment 2 - Zero Paintings , Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL (May 27 - August 14, 2011)
The Tetragrammatron Archive - Installment 1 - The Bergdorf Goodman Beaver Catalog ,Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL (April 1 - May 21, 2011)
The Unreasoning Mask, new works by Jason Robert Bell, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL (Jan 9 - Feb 21, 2009) one person show
Dramatis Personae, Alcove, New York, NY ( Nov.1- Jan. 5th, 2007/8) one person show
Twilight Kingdom, Open Skies COCA, Esprit Park, San Franicisco, CA (Oct.19- 21, 2007) one person show
Tetragrammatron: 10 years of Art, The John Slade Ely House Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT (Dec. 9, 2006 – Jan.21 , 2007) one person retrospective show
Tetragrammatron: 10 years of Art, Newspace Gallery, Manchester, CT (Oct. 26– Dec.1, 2006) one person retrospective show
The Kala Series, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL (Oct. 20 - Nov. 25, 2006) one person show
A Feast Unknown! a Multi-Media/Experimental Film cycle adapted from the book by Philip Jose Farmer, The Brick Theater, Brooklyn, NY (June 6 - July 3, 2005)
Trashsure 32 Mercury at the Crossroads
Jet Artworks - Abandoned July 1st, 2005 - 2108 R street nw, Washington DC
Untamed Beauty: Kala Versus the World of Man, Suitable. Chicago, IL. (Nov. 20- Dec. 18, 2004) one person show
LUCIFER IS JESUS or HOLY FRANKENSTEIN! A History of God, Hell, and Other Gnostic Flaptrap.
Wrote and performed a multi-media lecture of infernology and Gnosticism, The Brick Theater, Brooklyn, NY (July 31 - Aug. 21, 2004)
The Trashures Project, (2002-2005)
Twilight/Journey,Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, MA (Apr. 5-26, 2002) one person show
Everyone, Everywhere, Everything, and other drawings, Norfolk School of Art, Norfolk, CT (June 9- June 22, 2001) one person show
Group or collabortive exhibits and projects
MASTERMIND, one hour video/performance experiment, The Brick Theater, Brooklyn, NY (June 10 -July. 14, 2011)
Colorific - Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY (July 15- Aug 19, 2011)
No Customs! -Abu Dhabi. curated by Jennifer and Kevin McCoy (Nov. 40-28, 2010)
Turtlecove, the Game of Tomorrow, TODAY! -outdoor installation with Marni Kotak, WET, all day art event McCarren Park (Aug. 28, 2010)
Double Face Fantasy video project with Marni Kotak, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL (July 31 - September 6, 2010)
Escape from New York - Paterson,NJ (May 15 - June 19, 2010)
Spontaneous Metaphysical - Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY (May 8, 2010)
Mirror, Mirror : a show of portraits - Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY (April 2 - May 8, 2010)
You Can't Do That on Television, - Brooklyn Fireproof Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (Mar, 6-7, 2010) with Marni Kotak
19th Nervous Breakdown, - Norte Maar, Brooklyn, NY (Dec. 12- 13) Curated and organized by Elliot Lessing
Hhorrrautica 4: (Crypto), - Parsons Hall Project Space, Holyoke,MA (Oct. 10 -18, 2009) Curated by Torsten Zenas Burns
Rat Bastards (Tutti Stronzi) - Dixon Place Theater (June 3-7, 2009) New York, NY, video projection artist, assiant to Philip Pearlstein
Trav SD presents the Caveman Robot Radio Adventure Hour - 92YTribeca Performance Space (Mar 25, 2009) and WFMU The Acousmatic Theater Hour (Mar 22, 2009)
Gravity Buffs,- Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL (Feb 27 - April 11, 2009)
Love, - music video by Istvan & HIs Imaginary Band, Artwork by Chris Uphues, and Animation and Coloring by Jason Robert Bell (Feb 10, 2009)
Aqua Wynwood Fair, - Thomas Robertello Gallery, Miami, FL ( Dec. 2nd-7th, 2008)
Revenge of the Masters, - Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn, NY ( Nov.18th- Dec. 16th, 2008)
Exquisitude, - Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA (Aug. 2-30, 2008)
Aqua Art Miami, - Thomas Robertello Gallery, Miami, FL ( Dec. 5th-9th, 2007)
Return of the Masters, Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn, NY ( Nov.17- Dec. 16th, 2007)
2007 Bridge Art Fair Chicago, Thomas Robertello Gallery,Chicago, IL (April 26 - 30, 2007)
Welcome the Masters, Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn, NY ( Nov.18- Dec. 16th, 2006)
Newark Between Us, Newark Arts Council, Newark, NJ (Oct. 22 – December 17, 2006)
Nova Art Fair, City Suites Hotel, Chicago, IL (April 14 - 30, 2006)
Introductions, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL (April 27 - June 10, 2006)
Adventures of Caveman Robot: The Musical, The Brick Theater, Brooklyn, NY (April 8- May 13, 2006)
Facing Newark Installation Exhibition , Newark Arts Council , Newark, NJ (Oct.16 - Nov. 13, 2005)
GO FIGURE!, Jet Artworks - Aug. 31- Oct 8, 2005 - 2108 R street nw, Washington DC
Mothership, Mt.Royal/Artscape, Baltimore, MD (July 15- 24, 2005)
First Annual Huron Pier Invitational Boat Launch & Bar-B-Q, Brooklyn, NY (May 21, 2005)
Nova Young Art Fair, Bridge Magazine. Chicago, IL. (April 28- May 1, 2005)
Divine Feminine Principle, Fahrenheit Gallery. Kansas City, Missouri (April 8-29, 2005)
Object Endowment, Newspace Gallery, Manchester, CT (Novemeber 11– December 9, 2004)
2004 CAC Juried Exhibition, Contemporary Artist Center. North Adams, MA. (May 1– May 31, 2004)
The Armory Show 2004, Kenny Schachter ConTEMPory. New York, NY. (March 12 – March 15, 2004)
scopeNew York 2004, Cristine Wang Gallery. New York, NY. (March 12 – March 15, 2004)
The God Show, Newspace Gallery, Manchester, CT (February 26 – March 26, 2004)
Holiday Spectacular, curated by Tom Sachs, Printed Matter, Inc.New York, NY. (Nov. 22 – Dec. 23, 2003)
La Superette, Deitch Projects and Participant Inc. New York, NY, (Dec.14, 2003) (Dec. 20th, 2003)
Bell/Young: Over and Beyond, The Pond, Chicago, IL. (March 28 - May 3, 2003)
Bad Touch , Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL. (Dec. 12- Jan. 5, 2002-3)
Garden, with Doug Young, John Connelly Presents, Brooklyn Front Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (May 18th- June 14th)
New Plasma. Folin/Riva Gallery, New York, NY. (Dec.29th-Jan.31, 2001)
CAA New York Area MFA Exhibition. Hunter College Art Gallery, New York, NY. (Feb. 1-Mar. 11, 2000)
MFA Thesis Show. Yale School of Art Gallery, New Haven, CT. (Jan. 30 - Feb. 12, 2000)
Encyclopedia. Jason Bell and David Wells. Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL. (Sep. 29 - Oct. 31, 1995)
Unknown Chicago. Gallery 312, Chicago, IL. (June 23 - Aug. 5, 1995)
Cheap Art. Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, IL. (Feb. 10 - March 29, 1995)
Private Art Tutor, New York, NY (ongoing)
Offering private one on one in house art instruction in Studio and Digital Arts, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Video, and the Adobe Creative Sutie. Focusing on helping to build founational fundmentals for young and older novice artists, and assisting in portfolio creation for college and art school applications.
Artist in Residence, Bronx Charter School for the Arts, Bronx, New York (2009 to ongoing)
Teaching small workshops of 5 to 10 students grades K to 6, in animation, covering principles of cartooning, filmmaking, and photography. Producing short subjects for school wide presentations. Overseeing and directing the integration of student artwork with final designs of posters, postcards, promotional video, sets, theatrical programs and props for year- long school-wide musical. Working with students from across the grades based on each project.
Guest Speaker: University of Chicago (Jan. 8, 2009) Dept. of Visual Art
Gave a one-hour lecture on my artwork in relation to concerns of figurative art, learning to draw, and dealing with concepts of visual communication, for undergraduate drawing students.
Guest Speaker: Federico Santa María Technical University(Sept. 25, 2008) Department of Infomation Technology, Valparaíso, Chile
Gave an one hour lecture on the use of Digital Media in my Fine Art and Comic Book Projects, and the development of ideas through interdisciplinary collaboration. Consulted with the school's administration on the develpoment of creative design course.
Artist Education Specialist, Bronx Charter School of the Arts, (Jan to June 2008) The Bronx, New York
Duties focus on teaching two 9 week classes in Printmaking and Sculpture, for grades K to 6 a total of 12 classes a week withover 300 students, along with classroom management and various school wide art projects.
Long Term Artist in Residence, Studio in a School (Oct. 2006 to June 2007) New York, New York
PS 325: Duties focus on teaching doing art projects with grades 1 through 5, exposing students to the fundamentals of art making and materials, based on the Studio in a School program and the DOE Blueprint for Art instruction.
Visiting Professor of Fine Art: Moravian College (Aug. 2004 to May 2006) Bethlehem, PA
Duties focus on teaching semester long courses from beginning to advanced levels in Painting, Drawing, Color Theory, and Performance Art, involved development of students' technical skills and conceptual understanding. Multiple classes each semester in Drawing and Painting, as well as four semesters of Color Theory, two semesters of Performance Art, and an Intro to Digital Design summer class, along with supervising independent studies for students in Art History, Comic Book Publication, and Painting for advanced students. Conducted course advisement to individual students, organized student performance showcases and film screenings, and gave demonstrations on documenting and archiving studio projects.
Visiting Artist and Critic: 2004
- School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Nov.22, 2004) Chicago, IL
- Northern Illinois State University (Nov.18, 2004) DeKalb, IL
- Yale Summer School of Art at Norfolk (June 2- June 3, 2004) Norfolk, CT
Adjunct Professor, Lehigh University Art Department (Aug. 2003 to May 2004) Bethlehem, PA
Two semesters of Introduction Design and Drawing for first year architecture and engineering students. Projects involved working from life, imagination, and photographic sources, with discussion of the merits and challenges associated with each. Giving individual and group critiques. Required each student to write a mid-term essay proposing their final project, give a verbal presentation of this project, and take an active part in critiquing their peers' work.
Adjunct Professor, Moravian College (Aug. 2002 to May 2004) Bethlehem, PA.
Duties focus on teaching semester long courses in Painting and Drawing at the college level, classes involved development of students' technical skills and conceptual understanding, working from life and imagination. Dealing with Figure, Still-life, Landscape, Portrait, Diagram, Collage and Abstraction. Assigning reading, giving slide lectures, and giving critiques.
Guest Speaker: Pennsylvania Library Association of America,
Spring Conference May 22, 2003 McShea Student Center, DeSales University Center Valley, PA: The Crisis of Graphic Novels: A History and Introduction. Included a history of comics as an art/media form, including the political and cultural factors that relegated it to a lesser or childish art form. Covering form versus content, the medium and its message(s), the worldview of graphic novels and comics as a sequential art form in printed form.
Art Teacher Assistant: Yale School of Art (Aug. 1999 to Jan 2000) New Haven, CT.
Duties focus on assisting and teaching a college level Intermediate Drawing Class, classes' involved development of students technical skills and conceptual understanding, working from life and imagination.
Art Teacher Assistant: Yale Summer School of Art at Norfolk (May 1999 to July 1999) Norfolk, CT.
Duties focus on assisting and teaching a six week Drawing course, Giving critiques and assisting in the general running and organization of the summer undergrad program.
Information Systems Technician
MJM Creative Services • New York, NY • (Oct. 2000 to July 2003)
Installation, Support, Purchasing, Research, Training and Help Desk for a 300-employee creative production company. Platforms supported: Macintosh OS X and 9, Windows 2001and XP. Programs supported: Microsoft Office and Outlook, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Poser, Bryce, Macromedia Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Retrospect, Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Virtual PC, Now Up To Date, Now Contact, Toast, and support of PDAs and wireless handhelds.
Printing Services Consultant
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company • New York, NY • (Oct. 1997 - Aug. 1998)
Duties focused on research, development, installation, and support of printing and publishing technologies for the graphic design, internal printing, and reprographics departments of the MetLife main offices. Training of employees in word processing, desktop publishing, network printing, scanning, archiving and Internet software in a Windows NT/ Macintosh environment. Creation of PDF documents for archives and digital presentations. Staging and implementation of remote users’ laptops. Working with the following: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Exchange, Macromedia Director, Macromedia Dreamweaver, HTML, Quark Xpress, Microsoft Office, and Louts Notes.
Desktop Administrator Specialist
Intertec Publishing • Chicago, IL • (Oct. 1995 - Aug. 1997)
Duties focused on administration of a Novell Ethernet 3.11 LAN/ WAN, which incorporates Windows, Macintosh and AS/400 users, for three Chicago offices of an international trade-publishing corporation. Equal importance was placed on administration of an on-site/off-site help desk used by more than 350 employees, both local and remote.
• Implementation and support of LAN/ WAN connectivit
• Administration of internal and external Lotus Notes.
• Staging and implementation of remote users’ laptops.
• Daily archiving and backup of LAN network and AS/400 systems.
• Development of employee computer skills training and questionnaire materials.
• Training of employees in desktop publishing, network printing, scanning, archiving.
Nominated for the The Louis Comfort Tiffany (2007)
Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship (2000)
Merit Scholar, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1991-1995)
Quill and Scroll Society for Scholastic Journalists, National Editorial Cartoon contest, First Prize (1991)
Houston Chronicle Editorial Cartoon contest, First Prize (1990)
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy
Ida and Achille Maramotti