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2002    M.F.A.  University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.
1994    Master of Environmental Studies (one year completed), Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington.
1989    B.A. Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. Major: American and African History, Minor: Studio Art.

Selected Exhibitions


  • Signal 8, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong, China.
  • Upfor Gallery, Portland, Oregon. (upcoming)
  • Cracker, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong, China.
  • Feng Lin Shan Shui, Da Wang Culture Higlands, Shenzhen, China.
  • New American Paintings, Open Studio Press, Boston, MA.
  • Footing the Bill, Artworks for Change, Oakland, CA.
  • Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT.


  • Dublin Biennial, Dublin, Ireland.
  • The Painting Center, New York, NY.
  • Contained, WMG, Chicago IL.
  • Gift Shop, Front Art Space, NY, NY.
  • Accreted Terrain, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA.
  • Sheenan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA.
  • Post-rural, Brink Gallery, Missoula, MT.


  • *Kevin Bell & James Bailey, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon.
  • Small Works, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn NY.
  • Rudolph Blume/ARTSCAN Gallery, Houston TX.
  • University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY.
  • Gallery Jones, Vancouver B.C. Canada.
  • Post Rural, Southern Nevada College, Las Vegas, NV. 
  • International Painting Annual, Manifest Press.


  • Natural/Constructed Space, The Painting Center, New York, NY.
  • New Country: Ruralism in Contemporary Art, Claypool-Young Gallery, Moorehead State University
  • Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA.
  • Across the Divide IV, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle Washington.
  • Spring, WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY.


  • NowFuturePast, Division of Human Works, Brooklyn, New York.
  • Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, New Jersey.
  • Specific Environments: The Landscape As Metaphor, Lincoln Center Gallery, Fort Collins, CO.
  • Home, Brooklyn Artist Gym, Brooklyn, New York.
  • Gallery Jones, Vancouver, B.C.
  • MAD Art Gallery, St Louis, Missouri


  • *Kevin Bell, Rudolph Blume, Houston, Texas.
  • POINT, Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
  • Wide Open, BWAC, Brooklyn, NY.
  • Gallery Jones, Vancouver B.C.
  • Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana.
  • Bowery Gallery, New York.


  • *Kevin Bell, NEXT Art Fair/La Industria, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Surface, Brooklyn Artist Gym, Brooklyn, NY.
  • Across the Divide, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle
  • Energy Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
  • Montana Triennial, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, Montana.


  • New American Paintings No. 78, Open Studio Press, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • On Solid Ground, The Public Trust Gallery, Dallas, Texas.
  • Gallery Twenty-Four, Berlin, Germany.
  • Xavier University Art Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • *Land-Object, Durango Art Center, Durango, Colorado.
  • Terra Firma, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • UM Art Faculty Exhibition, Visual Arts Gallery, The University of Montana, Missoula MT


  • Look Forward to Seeing It: The Discipline of Anticipation, The LAB, San Francisco, California.
  • The Circular Show, Ho Gallery, Seoul Korea.
  • Hun Gallery, New York, New York.
  • Maart Galerie, Hamburg, Germany.
  • Artfutura 2007: Innovation, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois.  Juror James Rondeau, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Art Institute of Chicago.
  • Kolok Gallery, North Adams, Massachusetts.


  • International 2006, Hun Gallery, New York, New York.
  • *Peripheral Geography, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Rocky Mountain Biennial, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Combined Talents, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.
  • Particular Places, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, Connecticut.
  • Amelia Gallery, Gulf Coast College, Panama City, Florida.
  • Center for Southwest Studies, Durango, Colorado.


  • 43rd National Exhibition of American Art, Stephen Westfall, Juror. Chautauqua Center For Visual Arts, Chautauqua, New York.
  • T R A N S :,Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio. 
  • Four Corners Commission, Durango Art Center, Durango, Colorado.


  • New Work. Gallery Jones, Vancouver B.C.
  • *Parallel Vistas Cabell Center for the Arts, Portland, Oregon.
  • Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California.
  • Faculty Show, Art Department Gallery, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado. Also 2005, 2006, 2007.


  • New American Paintings No. 45, Open Studio Press, Boston Massachusetts.  Jessica Morgan, Juror (Curator for Boston Center for Contemporary Art).
  • 7th Annual Art Invitational, Sitka Center for Art, Portland, Oregon.
  • Paying Attention, Susanna Coffey, Juror. Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, Connecticut.


  • Annual Juried Show, Janet Fish, Juror.  Bowery Gallery, New York, New York.
  • *Other Places, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon.
  • *From the Parking Lot Laverne Krause Gallery, Eugene, Oregon.

*Solo shows marked with an asterisk

Teaching Experience


  • Associate Professor, School of Art, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana.


  • Assistant Professor School of Art, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana.


  • Assistant Professor of Art, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado.
  • Adjunct Professor of Art, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.
  • Instructor, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, Oregon.
  • Adjunct Professor of Art, Clark College, Vancouver, Washington.
  • Adjunct Professor of Art, University of Oregon.

Professional Activities, Grants and Awards

  • Editor, FATE in Review, the journal of Foundations in Art: Theory and Education.
  • Board of Directors, Foundation in Art: Theory and Education
  • Artist Residencies
    • Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, Ireland.
    • Ragsdale Foundation, Chicago, IL.
    • The Studios at Key West, FL.
    • Da Wang Culture Highlands, Shenzhen, China
  • Research Development Grant, University of Montana.
  • Travel Grant, University of Montana.
  • Faculty Merit Grant, University of Montana
  • Faculty Development Grant, Fort Lewis College
  • Judy and Fred Gregory Award for Painting, Chautauqua Institute, New York.
  • Slide Registry, The Painting Center, New York.
  • Graduate Teaching Fellow (Instructor of Record).  University of Oregon. Painting and Drawing

Other Experience

  • Merchant Marine Captain license for 50-ton inspected marine vessels.
  • Co-Founder/Past-Owner, True North Kayak Adventures, Homer, Alaska.
  • Backcountry Ranger, Alaska State Park. Performed avalanche patrol, visitor contact and park maintenance in remote parks near Kodiak Island and Talkeetna, Alaska.
  • National Museums of Kenya, Mombasa, Kenya.  Catalogued Portuguese buildings in quickly decaying historic district.
  • UNESCO/Food for the Hungry, Marsabit, Kenya.  Constructed solar-powered elephant fence to protect crops from errant local wildlife.

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