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Lynne Bell B.A., M.A., Ph.D

Professor Art & Art History

Art & Art History professor emeritus

Murray Building 181.1

Research Area(s)

  • Contemporary Canadian visual culture
  • Decolonizing Canadian education
  • 19th century visual culture
  • Colonial and postcolonial theory



Chapters in Books & Essays in Exhibition Catalogues:

Bell, Lynne.“Artists’ Pages: Decolonizing Interventions in ‘Writing Space.’ ” In Andrew Taylor and Peter Stoicheff (eds.) The Future of the Page. University of Toronto Press. (In Press).


Bell, Lynne and Janice Williamson. “Of Cosmo Squaws and Bull Dykes: Prairie Women’s Performance Art. “ In Jo-Ann Wallace et. al (eds). (The) Concrete Matters: Feminist Materialism in Theory and Practice. Wilfred Laurier University Press. (In Press).


Bell, Lynne. “Decolonizing Cyberspace: Notes on Art and Virtual Communities.” In V. Lemecha (ed.) Culture of Community. Winnipeg: MAWA: 5,500 words. (In Press).


Bell, Lynne. “Fusing Pleasure and Decolonizing Pedagogies: Aboriginal Performance Art.” In High Tech Storytellers: An Interdisciplinary Aboriginal Art Project. Saskatoon: Tribe and Canada Council. (book/exhibition catalogue) (In Press).


Bell, Lynne (with Janice Williamson). “in the hands of the People ...”:A case-study of community-based video activism.” in W. Beard and J. White (eds.) North of Everything: English Canadian Cinema Since 1980. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press. 2002:342-350.


Bell, Lynne. “It’s all about De-disciplining and De-colonizing.” In Lynn Hughes et al (eds.). Thinking Across Cultures: Interdisciplinary Practices in Canadian Art. Montreal: Artexte and Optica. 2001:86-101.


Bell, Lynne. “Talking a Walk in the City” in L. Bell (ed.) Urban Fictions. Vancouver: Presentation House Gallery, 1997: pp. 44-56.


Bell, Lynne.“Tales of Epistemological Disorder: The Art of Jane Buyers” in Jane Buyers: Folio, Kitchener/Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, 1996: pp. 7-14.


Bell, Lynne. “The Canon: Some Reflections on Art History, Value and the Academy,” in L. Findlay (ed.) Value and the University, Humanities Research Unit Occasional Publications. University of Saskatchewan, 1993: pp. 43-50.


Bell, Lynne. “The Cultural Politics of Tapestry”. In Ann Newdigate Mills: Look At It This Way (exhibition catalogue), Saskatoon: Mendel Art Gallery, 1988: pp 23.


Journal Articles:

Bell, Lynne, “Rubbed Red & Other Stories: The Work of Patrick Traer.” Canadian Art. Fall issue. 2003. (In Press).

Marie Battiste, Lynne Bell and Len Findlay. “An Interview with Linda Tahiwai Te Rina Smith.” Canadian Journal of Native Education. vol. 26, 2002, No. 2. University of Alberta: pp.169-187.


Marie Battiste, Lynne Bell and Len Findlay. “Decolonizing Education in Canadian Universities” Canadian Journal of Native Education. vol. 26, 2002, No. 2. University of Alberta: pp.82-96.


Bell, Lynne & J.Williamson. “High Tech Storyteller: A Conversation with Performance Artist Lori Blondeau.” FUSE Magazine. Vol. 24. Number 4. December 2001: 27-34.


Bell, Lynne. “Ghost Dancing on the Urban Frontier: the Photographic Work of Jeffrey Thomas.” BlackFlash. Vol. 18.3/2001: pp.30-35.


Bell, Lynne & J.Williamson “Talking Cyber Pow Wow and Hand Drums: A Conversation with Cheryl L’Hirondelle,” AntiThesis, University of Melbourne, (Special Issue: Insights and Outposts). Summer 1999 (Volume 10): pp. 187-204.


Bell, Lynne & J.Williamson “Pubic Warning! Sexing Public Spheres: An Interview with Performance and Video Artists Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan”, Tessera, Winter/Spring 1998 (Vol. 25 ): pp. 57-78.


Bell, Lynne. “History of People Who Were Not Heroes: A Conversation with Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons,” Third Text: Third World Perspectives On Contemporary Art and Culture, Summer 1998 (Number 43): pp. 33-43.


Bell, Lynne and C. Williams. “Interference: An Interview with Artist and Educator, Wilma Needham”, Canadian Woman Studies, (Special Issue: Women and Education). Winter 1998 (Volume 17, Number 4): pp. 131-135.


Bell, Lynne and C. Williams. “The Heat is On: An Interview with Sara Diamond”, N. Paradoxa: International Feminist Art Journal. Spring 1998 (Volume 2): pp.52-60.


Bell, Lynne and C. Williams.“Distance of Distinct Vision: An Interview with Laiwan,”The Capilano Review, January 1998 (Issue 2: No 24): pp. 57-69.


Bell, Lynne and J. Williamson.“ On Crossing Lines and Going Between: An Interview with Marjorie Beaucage,” Tessera, Summer 1997 (no. 22): pp. 144-164.


Bell, Lynne and C. Williams. “The Gitksan Cultural Revival: An Interview with Doreen Jensen,” B.C. Studies (A Special Double Issue: Native Peoples and Colonialism). Autumn/Winter 1997/98: pp.289-306.


Bell, Lynne and C. Williams. “Learn the Alif-Ba-Ta:An Interview with Jamelie Hassan,” West Coast Line: A Journal of Contemporary Writing and Criticism. Autumn 1997 (number 23):pp. 82-95.


Bell, Lynne and C. Williams.“Geographical Memory and Island Space: An Interview with Melinda Mollineaux”, West Coast Line: A Journal of Contemporary Writing and Criticism. Autumn 1997 (number 23): pp. 124-144.

Books/Exhibition Catalogues:

Lori Blondeau and Lynne Bell (eds.) High Tech Storytellers: An Interdisciplinary Aboriginal Art Project. Saskatoon: Tribe and Canada Council. (In Press).


Bell, Lynne (ed.). Urban Fictions. Vancouver: Presentation House Gallery,1997: 63pp.


Bell, Lynne. Remembering and Telling: Stories of Identity and Location. Regina: Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, 1991:pp. 48.


Bell, Lynne. Hilda Stewart: An Essay in Retrieving History. Saskatoon: Mendel Art Gallery , 1990: pp 48.


Bell, Lynne. Dmetryo Stryjek, Saskatoon: Mendel Art Gallery, 1982: pp.26.


Bell, Lynne. The Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of the University of Saskatchewan, 1980. Winnipeg: University of Saskatchewan with the Hignell Press, pp.260.



Video Production:

Counter-Colonizing Methodologies: Dr. Linda Tuhiwai Te Rina Smith in Conversation. In this interview, the leading Maori and postcolonial scholar Dr. Linda Tuhiwai Te Rina Smith from the University of Auckland talks about strategies for decolonizing research methodologies; the Maori language revitalization movement throughout New Zealand; and the development of the International Institute for Maori and Indigenous Education at the University of Auckland, among other issues. This video was funded by SSHRC and produced by Marie Battiste, Lynne Bell and Len Findlay. Duration: 120 minutes. Audio Visual Production Services. The University of Saskatchewan. 2002.

Artistic Works


Curatorial Work:

Guest Curator. Urban Fictions (Vancouver: Presentation House Gallery, 1997). This group exhibition featured thirteen contemporary artists working in a range of media from photo-text installation to video to light boxes to bus-shelter installations. Also two evenings of lectures, readings, discussions and TV interviews.

Guest Curator. Remembering and Telling (Regina: Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, 1991).This group exhibition featured 45 works by thirteen Saskatchewan women working in a range of media including oil paintings, photographs, videos, mixed media installations and performance. Also two evenings of lectures and discussions.

Guest Curator. Hilda Stewart. (Saskatoon: Mendel Art Gallery, 1990). This travelling historical exhibit featured almost one hundred works by the miniaturist Hilda Stewart and her contemporaries, among them watercolor on ivory miniatures by Stewart; a selection of Stewart’s watercolors and sketches; watercolors by contemporary late Victorian artists; and watercolors and sketches by Stewart’s contemporaries in Saskatoon.

Guest Curator. Dmetryo Stryjek, (Saskatoon: Mendel Art Gallery, 1982). This first retrospective survey of the work of the Saskatchewan folk artist Dmetryo Stryjek to be held in a public institution featured 44 works, among them portraits, landscapes and historical scenes in mixed media. 


19th Century Canadian education colonial theory culture performance art postcolonial visual culture


Current areas of research include Colonial and Postcolonial Theory; Contemporary Canadian Visual Culture; Decolonizing Canadian Education; and 19th-century Visual Culture. Lynne Bell has lectured widely, published many book chapters, essays and exhibition catalogues, organized conferences, and guest-curated the exhibition Urban Fictions (Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver); among others. Her research is supported by grants from Canada Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). In the last decade, her SSHRC-funded research projects have explored linkages between art and activism and the formation of the artist as public intellectual, focussing, in particular, on decolonizing visual tactics developed to address the forms and effects of an older colonial consciousness still present in Canadian society. Currently, she is working on a three year SSHRC-funded research project entitled, Decolonizing Education in Canadian Universities: An Interdisciplinary Indigenous Research Project, with Professors Marie Battiste (Principal Investigator and a Mi”kmaq specialist in education) and Len Findlay (Director of the Humanities Research Centre). She teaches courses in 19th-century visual culture; contemporary Canadian visual culture; and performance art (with Lori Blondeau). Professor Bell is a former head of the Department of Art and Art History.

Education & Training


BA, History (Hull University, England)


MA, PhD, Art History and Critical Theory (University of East Anglia, England)