From the River Cities Reader:
"As many will say, though, Bell's painting is already highly accomplished. His work is in the collections of the Figge Art Museum, the Erie Art Museum (in Pennsylvania), the State of Iowa, and the Ohio State University, and it has been represented in galleries in Chicago, Atlanta, and Tampa. He's had shows in California, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Texas, and Virginia. And Bell has gotten grants from the Iowa Arts Council and Quad City Arts, and a regional-visual-artist fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts through Arts Midwest.
"'He's a really brave painter,' Quinn (professor and department chair) said. 'He's always making the paintings teach him something. I think that's really a good hallmark for our students. He doesn't take the easy route.'"