Jessica Bell is contemporary sculptor and socially engaged artist based in Dallas Texas. Her work focuses on identity, race, environmentalism, and education. Growing up as a biracial child with white parents in a small rural town in upstate New York, Bell navigates multiple spaces and identities throughout her work. 


Using coded visual language, her objects are rarely what they seem - often containing surprising subtexts and histories that reflect her own journey towards reconciling her multiple identities. Bell’s work is visually arresting, playful, and sumptuous in its use of materiality. 


Additionally, Bell is the sculptor professor for Booker T. Washington School of the Performing and Visual Arts. She has a M.S.Ed in Arts Education from SUNY New Paltz, and in 2020 received artist awards from the Office of Arts and Culture, City of Dallas and Red Bull Arts. Her work has been shown in a variety of galleries, and she has presented her work as a national leader in art education in urban environments at conferences across the country.

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Artist Jessica L. Bell

Porch Monkeys

Porch Monkeys Set of 7 Mixed Media 2018-2020 Porch Monkeys is a documentation of racial hate that happens around the world. Each banana is named after a professional athlete who has had a banana thrown at them during a professional sporting event or had monkey chants made at them. “[T]he blatantly racist act — synonymous with treating players as apes or monkeys”, states Richard Evans, The Advertiser. Each banana is uniquely different and has the name of a soccer player along with the year the b