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Katie Bell: Standing Arrangement

Friday, May 31st 2019
Sunday, August 4th 2019

Event Description

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30-5:00; Friday 9:30-8:00; Saturday-Sunday 12:00-4:00

Standing Arrangement is an expansive site-specific installation by Brooklyn-based artist Katie Bell. The work explores our natural and fabricated visual landscape and deconstructs the tradition and language of painting. Bell collects objects and ready-made materials from the place in which she is producing the work, in this case, Bloomington-Normal and the surrounding vicinity. Her careful selection of discarded (and occasionally purchased) materials—wood, paint, foam board, rope, cabinets, drywall, and even forgotten hot tubs—become marks in Bell’s dynamic compositions.

Bell will take over University Galleries’ Instagram account during the week she will be installing her exhibition. She will document her process of collecting materials in Bloomington-Normal, paying particular attention to inspirations for colors and materials along the way. Follow along on Instagram at @universitygalleriesisu and watch for her hashtag #KatieBellTakeover.

From May 31st through August 4th, Milner Library will present Informal Unbalanced Arrangements, a concurrent exhibition comprised of three paintings by Katie Bell and a selection of related art publications. The exhibition will be on view on the sixth floor.

Katie Bell: Standing Arrangement is organized by University Galleries’ Curator Jessica Bingham. The exhibition and programming are sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Free curator-led tours and workshops are available by appointment throughout the exhibition. All events are free and open to the public. Contact gallery@ilstu.edu or 309.438.5487 to schedule exhibition tours.


  • May 27 through August 4
    Katie Bell’s Instagram takeover. Follow University Galleries’ Instagram account at @universitygalleriesisu.
  • Friday, May 31, from 5 to 7pm
    Public reception with the artist
  • May 31 through August 4
    Exhibition of paintings at Milner Library titled Katie Bell: Informal Unbalanced Arrangements, and a selection of publications from Milner’s Collection about found-object artwork and sculptural paintings.
  • June 3 through August 2
    Free curator-led tours and workshops are available by appointment throughout the exhibition. Contact gallery@ilstu.edu or 309.438.5487.

Image: Katie Bell, Broadcast, 2016. Acrylic, wood, ceiling tiles, foam, drywall, plexiglass, nails, laminate, rocks, and plastic on wall. 264 x 156 x 22 inches. Installation view at Locust Projects, Miami. Image courtesy of Zack Balber with Ginger Photography Inc.

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University Galleries
(309) 438-5487


University Galleries
11 Uptown Circle #103
Normal, IL
(309) 438-5487