Art

  • Diorama Spotlight: Elk at Inspiration Point

    Published09/29/2020 , By Adam Hartman, gallery programs assistant

    Elk at Inspiration Peak is one of only two large dioramas at the Bell Museum to depict an autumn scene. The background, painted by Francis Lee Jaques in 1946, showcases the auburn, crimson, and amber leaves of the oak savanna from a unique perspective — above the landscape. Jaques’ painting…
  • Happy Plover Appreciation Day!

    Published09/14/2020 , By Anna Cerelia Battistini, RARP resident artist in 2019–2020

    When people ask why I chose to make artwork celebrating the piping plover during my residency at the Bell, my shortest answer is this: “it’s one of the cutest birds I have ever seen!” If you’re feeling blue, do yourself a favor and search for images of “baby piping plover.”…
  • Experiencing Minnesota’s Dark Night Skies

    Published07/10/2020 , By Gretchen Zampogna

    Mike Shaw, the Bell Museum’s fourth resident artist of 2019-20, is using his night sky photography to help people experience the night sky at various levels of darkness and light pollution, comparing the same view from sites across Minnesota to show the effect of city lights on our ability to…
  • Connecting to Nature

    Published06/25/2020 , By Gretchen Zampogna

    Josh Winkler, the Bell Museum’s third resident artist of 2019-20, uses a range of drawing, printmaking, and sculptural processes to build layered landscape narratives that ask viewers to consider the social, political, and environmental contexts of their surroundings. We chatted with Winkler to learn more about his plans. Also check…
  • Diorama Spotlight: Snow Geese at Lake Traverse

    Published06/24/2020 , By Adam Hartman

    In North America, few natural events mark the changing seasons as dramatically as spring waterfowl migration. As flocks of tens, even hundreds of thousands, of snow geese soar overhead to their summer breeding grounds in the Arctic, spring returns in the form of snow melt, new growth, and longer days.…
  • Diorama Spotlight: Moose at Gunflint Lake

    Published06/13/2020 , By Amber Kastner, Public Science Events Manager

    In northern Minnesota, where the southern hardwood trees give way to the boreal forests of Canada, a unique transition area provides habitat for some of our state’s most iconic species. Along the border in particular, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness protects many of these plants and animals from development…
  • City Stardust: Micrometeorites in Our Own Backyards

    Published06/09/2020

    Micrometeorites are some of the oldest matter that exists. Until recently, scientists searched for them only in remote places, such as the Antarctic, where pristine conditions ensured that these mineral specks really came from space. Experts assumed that it would be impossible to find micrometeorites in inhabited areas, where natural…
  • Diorama Spotlight: Big Woods

    Published05/28/2020 , By Adam Hartman, gallery programs assistant

    During early European settlement of this continent, French traders referred to the more than 2,000 square miles of hardwood forest in what is now south-central Minnesota as the “Big Woods.” Not only was the forest vast, but the trees that grew there were huge (or “big”)! Today, all that remains…
  • #museumathome with Animal Crossing

    Published05/17/2020

    We’re talking about Animal Crossing: New Horizons across our social media platforms today.  Want to know more about the game and why museum folks—including our staff members—play? Jenny Stampe, associate director of public education and science learning, has some questions for her colleagues who play the game.
  • Diorama Spotlight: Beavers at Lake Itasca

    Published05/14/2020 , By Amber Kastner, public science events manager

    Completed in 1919, the Beavers at Lake Itasca diorama is the oldest in the current Bell Museum. After beginning its history in the Zoology building at the University of Minnesota, it was moved in 1940 to the former Bell Museum on Church Street before being transferred once more to its…