Breslin Bell

Lecturer

Breslin Bell is an interdisciplinary visual artist working primarily in print, sculpture and installation informed by feminisms and feminized rights. Bell is also an educator and museum professional. She has exhibited widely since 2016 in a number of group exhibitions in London, Edinburgh, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and Japan. Highlights include Body Autonomy with Latela Curatorial, Tomorrow 2021 with White Cube London and Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2021. Her work has been featured in Arts Thread’s Global Design Graduate Show 2021 Judges Favorites, Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair Panelist Picks, RISD news outlets and other publications. 

Her practice considers body autonomy, public health and gender-based aggression and violence—traversing the nonlinear relationship/kinship between transfeminism and reproductive choice, i.e., concerns around estrogen-related pills and surgeries. Her work often explores environmental issues, women’s rights and the intersections between them. She’s interested in the complexities of an “eco-feminism” and “land/body art” lens on feminized making.

Bell is a recipient of the American Cities Internship Program Award with the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop; MASS MoCA Artist-in-Residence; Center for Contemporary Printmaking Artist-in-Residence; and Alice C. Cole ’42 Studio Project Grant. Bell earned her MFA from RISD and her BA from Wellesley College.

Courses

Fall 2023 Courses

THAD H101-23 - THAD I: GLOBAL MODERNISMS
Level Undergraduate
Unit Theory + History of Art + Design
Subject Theory & History of Art & Design
Period Fall 2023
Credits 3
Format Lecture
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

THAD H101-23

THAD I: GLOBAL MODERNISMS

Level Undergraduate
Unit Theory + History of Art + Design
Subject Theory & History of Art & Design
Period Fall 2023
Credits 3
Format Lecture
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2023-09-06 to 2023-12-13
Times: TTH | 11:20 AM - 12:20 PM; T | 1:10 PM - 2:40 PM Instructor(s): Breslin Bell Location(s): Auditorium, Room 132; Washington Place, Room 310 Enrolled / Capacity: 20 Status: Open

SECTION DESCRIPTION

This is a required course for all first year and transfer students to introduce them to global modern and contemporary art, architecture and design in the period between 1750 and the present. The course addresses modernism as a global project, presenting several case studies from across the world that unfold to show how multiple kinds of modernism developed in different times and distant places. By presenting alternate, sometimes contradictory stories about modern and contemporary art and design, along with a set of critical terms specific to these times and places, the class aims to foster a rich, complex understanding of the many narratives that works of art and design can tell. With this grounding, students will be well positioned to pursue their interests in specialized courses in subsequent semesters. 
 
Registration process: First-year students are registered into sections by the Liberal Arts Division.
Transfer and sophomore and above students should register into the evening section offered in the fall. 
 
For schedule conflicts during lecture times, please contact the Academic Programs Coordinator in the Liberal Arts Division office. For issues with registration, contact the Registrar's office for assistance. 
 

Major Requirement | BFA

THAD H101-24 - THAD I: GLOBAL MODERNISMS
Level Undergraduate
Unit Theory + History of Art + Design
Subject Theory & History of Art & Design
Period Fall 2023
Credits 3
Format Lecture
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

THAD H101-24

THAD I: GLOBAL MODERNISMS

Level Undergraduate
Unit Theory + History of Art + Design
Subject Theory & History of Art & Design
Period Fall 2023
Credits 3
Format Lecture
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2023-09-06 to 2023-12-13
Times: TTH | 11:20 AM - 12:20 PM; T | 2:50 PM - 4:20 PM Instructor(s): Breslin Bell Location(s): Auditorium, Room 132; Washington Place, Room 310 Enrolled / Capacity: 20 Status: Open

SECTION DESCRIPTION

This is a required course for all first year and transfer students to introduce them to global modern and contemporary art, architecture and design in the period between 1750 and the present. The course addresses modernism as a global project, presenting several case studies from across the world that unfold to show how multiple kinds of modernism developed in different times and distant places. By presenting alternate, sometimes contradictory stories about modern and contemporary art and design, along with a set of critical terms specific to these times and places, the class aims to foster a rich, complex understanding of the many narratives that works of art and design can tell. With this grounding, students will be well positioned to pursue their interests in specialized courses in subsequent semesters. 
 
Registration process: First-year students are registered into sections by the Liberal Arts Division.
Transfer and sophomore and above students should register into the evening section offered in the fall. 
 
For schedule conflicts during lecture times, please contact the Academic Programs Coordinator in the Liberal Arts Division office. For issues with registration, contact the Registrar's office for assistance. 
 

Major Requirement | BFA

Wintersession 2024 Courses

GRAD 010G-103 - COLLEGIATE TEACHING PRACTICUM
Level Graduate
Unit Teaching + Learning in Art + Design
Subject Graduate Studies
Period Wintersession 2024
Credits 3
Format Seminar
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

GRAD 010G-103

COLLEGIATE TEACHING PRACTICUM

Level Graduate
Unit Teaching + Learning in Art + Design
Subject Graduate Studies
Period Wintersession 2024
Credits 3
Format Seminar
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2024-01-04 to 2024-02-07
Times: MTW | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 02/05/2024 - 02/07/2024; MT | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 01/29/2024 - 01/30/2024; MTW | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 01/22/2024 - 01/24/2024; T | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 01/16/2024 - 01/16/2024; MTW | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 01/08/2024 - 01/10/2024 Instructor(s): Breslin Bell Location(s): SoMain Barn (345 S. Main St.), Room 231 Enrolled / Capacity: 15 Status: Open

SECTION DESCRIPTION

This course helps prepare graduate students to be effective educators while fostering a community of shared ideas while teaching at RISD. Designed to support graduate students while they are teaching in RISD's Wintersession, the course is a practicum in which participants discuss practical and theoretical concerns related to collegiate teaching and learning. As a forum, the course provides a space for group reflection on teaching experiences and challenges in addition to developing effective learning and assessment strategies. Through structured feedback from faculty, students evaluate their teaching effectiveness and document their development as teacher- scholars through refining, expanding and updating the teaching portfolio. In an immersive teaching and learning experience, graduate students will have an opportunity to share and apply knowledge of diverse learning styles and methods, and an awareness of how social identities produce systemic hierarchies in the classroom to their own discipline-focused art and design instruction. Each participant is required to be teaching or co-teaching a Wintersession course. Each participant is required to be teaching or co-teaching a Wintersession course. Partial requirement for Certificate in Collegiate Teaching in Art + Design Conferred with Teaching Experience.

Please contact the department for permission to register.

Elective

Spring 2024 Courses

THAD H102-24 - CRITICAL INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
Level Undergraduate
Unit Theory + History of Art + Design
Subject Theory & History of Art & Design
Period Spring 2024
Credits 3
Format Lecture
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

THAD H102-24

CRITICAL INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

Level Undergraduate
Unit Theory + History of Art + Design
Subject Theory & History of Art & Design
Period Spring 2024
Credits 3
Format Lecture
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2024-02-15 to 2024-05-24
Times: T | 9:40 AM - 11:10 AM; TTH | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Instructor(s): Breslin Bell Location(s): Washington Place, Room 021A; Auditorium, Room 132 Enrolled / Capacity: 20 Status: Open

SECTION DESCRIPTION

Continuing from critical frameworks established in H101: Global Modernisms, the second semester of the introduction to art history turns to designed, built, and crafted objects and environments. The course does not present a conventional history of the modern movement, but rather engages with a broad range of materials, makers, traditions, sites, and periods in the history of architecture and design. Global in scope, spanning from the ancient world to the present, and organized thematically, the lectures explicitly challenge Western-modernist hierarchies and question myths of race, gender, labor, technology, capitalism, and colonialism. The course is intended to provide students with critical tools for interrogating the past as well as imagining possible futures for architecture and design. 
Required for graduation for all undergraduates. 
 
First year students are registered into sections by the Liberal Arts Division. Transfer and sophomore and above students should register into the evening section offered in the spring.


For schedule conflicts during lecture times, please contact the Academic Programs Coordinator in the Liberal Arts Division office. For issues with registration, contact the Registrar's office for assistance.
 

Major Requirement | BFA

THAD H102-25 - CRITICAL INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
Level Undergraduate
Unit Theory + History of Art + Design
Subject Theory & History of Art & Design
Period Spring 2024
Credits 3
Format Lecture
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

THAD H102-25

CRITICAL INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

Level Undergraduate
Unit Theory + History of Art + Design
Subject Theory & History of Art & Design
Period Spring 2024
Credits 3
Format Lecture
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2024-02-15 to 2024-05-24
Times: TTH | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM; T | 11:20 AM - 12:50 PM Instructor(s): Breslin Bell Location(s): Auditorium, Room 132; Washington Place, Room 021A Enrolled / Capacity: 20 Status: Open

SECTION DESCRIPTION

Continuing from critical frameworks established in H101: Global Modernisms, the second semester of the introduction to art history turns to designed, built, and crafted objects and environments. The course does not present a conventional history of the modern movement, but rather engages with a broad range of materials, makers, traditions, sites, and periods in the history of architecture and design. Global in scope, spanning from the ancient world to the present, and organized thematically, the lectures explicitly challenge Western-modernist hierarchies and question myths of race, gender, labor, technology, capitalism, and colonialism. The course is intended to provide students with critical tools for interrogating the past as well as imagining possible futures for architecture and design. 
Required for graduation for all undergraduates. 
 
First year students are registered into sections by the Liberal Arts Division. Transfer and sophomore and above students should register into the evening section offered in the spring.


For schedule conflicts during lecture times, please contact the Academic Programs Coordinator in the Liberal Arts Division office. For issues with registration, contact the Registrar's office for assistance.
 

Major Requirement | BFA