Exterior of Bell Museum in the background. Red sticks in the foreground

Welcoming New Bell Museum Board Members

We are excited to have several new members join our Advisory Board at the Bell!

Published11/22/2022

The Bell Museum Advisory Board champions the mission of the Bell Museum, serving as a community advocate for the museum in all respects. The Advisory Board provides overall guidance and feedback on the museum’s direction, programs, and outcomes. These positions typically last for a 3-year term and we are so excited to introduce several new members to the team!

Learn more about the Bell’s board, their roles, and mission, here. 

 

Daniela Bell – Advisory Board Chair Elect

Daniella Bell

Daniela Louisa Bell is a fine art photographer, focusing on wildflowers and abstract expressionist portrayals of the natural world. She originally trained as a plant evolutionary ecologist with a focus on the way that plants evolve as a result of their interactions with the environment. Daniela remains invested in learning more about plants and other organisms, but especially native wildflowers and their pollinators, and the changing environment. The interactions between humans and the environment continue to motivate her to find connections between the outer world and the inner world of human emotions. She uses photography to reflect, transform, and translate tangible natural objects into intangible concepts like memory, emotion, and imagination. Minnesota’s natural areas, such as state parks, scientific natural areas, and the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, are the most common places she heads to create her images. 

Daniela has a life-long connection to the Bell Museum, has been a member of the Advisory Board since 2012, and currently serves as chair of the Program Committee. She is a past-chair of the Board of Lower Phalen Creek Project and currently serves as the co-chair of the Capital Campaign Committee for the Wakan Tipi Center on the East Side of Saint Paul. Daniela and her husband have one daughter and the family enjoys traveling to Oaxaca, Mexico where they lived from 2018-2019, as well yearly visits to Mount Desert Island, Maine (home to Acadia National Park). Otherwise, Daniela can be found walking her two dogs, watching her daughter perform as a ballet dancer, and eating out at any of the wonderful local restaurants in the Twin Cities.

 

Dudley Edmondson

Dudley Edmondson

Over the last 30 years, Dudley Edmondson has become an established photographer, author, filmmaker, and presenter. His photography has been featured in galleries and nearly 100 publications around the world.

Dudley has also been immersed in the effort to help the conservation sector become more inclusive. He was one of the first to highlight the involvement of African Americans in the public lands system. Unsatisfied with the number of people who looked like him among those he encountered in his outdoor pursuits, Dudley set out to create a set of outdoor role models for the nation’s African American community by writing his landmark book, Black; Brown Faces in America’s Wild Places (AdventureKeen Publications 2006) In 2010 Dudley’s book and conservation work landed him an invitation to the White House for the signing of America’s Great Outdoors Initiative.

Recently the Minnesota House of Representatives appointed Dudley to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, which is tasked with making funding recommendations to the legislature for the protection and restoration of Minnesota prairie, wetlands and forest habitats using Clean Water Land and Legacy funds.

 

Angela Osuji

Angela Osuji is a chemistry, physics, and physical science teacher with the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) among her other roles in MPS. She is the Past President of the Minnesota Science Teachers Association (MnSTA), Vice-Chair of the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB), and the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Division IX Director. Additionally, she is a Racial Equity Advocate for Education Minnesota, a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program Fellow, a Humphrey School of Public Affairs Policy Fellow and sits on the Board of the United Nations Association of MN (UNA-MN) and a member of the United Nations Women advocating for women globally, especially women of Africa. Angela is a daughter of Africa and loves to cook and travel.

 

Jonathan Palmer

Johnathan Palmer

Jonathan Palmer is the sixth Executive Director for Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Inc. (HQB), a 93-year old African American nonprofit social service agency in Saint Paul, MN’s historic Rondo Community. Prior to HQB, Jonathan served as the Director of the Minneapolis Empowerment Zone (EZ), a federally-funded community renewal initiative through the Department of Housing and Urban Development administered by the City of Minneapolis; and Executive Director of the Jordan Area Community Council. Jonathan is a graduate of Morehouse College where he received his BA in Psychology with a minor in Theatre and is completing an MA in Public Affairs from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. In 2022, he received the Spirit of Rondo award from the Rondo Center of Diverse Expression. In 2021, he received the NAACP’s Outstanding Servant Leadership Award from the Roy Wilkins Saint Paul Chapter, and in 2018, he received proclamations from the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners and the Mayor of the City of Saint Paul for a decade of service with HQB and restoring and preserving this historic community institution. Among his other awards are being named one of the inaugural Heroes of the Rondo Commemorative Plaza (2017) the Sullivan Ballou award for his work on Project Superhero (2014) and a Commendation for Heroism; Bravery from the City of Minneapolis (1999).

Jonathan holds over 25 years of experience in public and nonprofit management through his community-based activism, leadership and volunteer work in Minnesota and across the country. Currently, he sits on the Board of Directors for MDI; Minnesota Costumers for a Cause (CFAC); and is being appointed to the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum Board.

He is the Director of Gatherings and Minnesota Commissioner for the International Clan MacFarlane Society, Inc. and a Fellow in the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He is an avid historian and gives presentations and lectures on African, African American and Scottish history and culture as well as Systemic Racism, Critical Race Theory, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and comic book history and cultural impact (he can provide a comic book reference or allegory for any situation and public affairs connection no matter how obscure). He is an artist, poet, singer, genealogist and urban superhero working hard to make a difference in the communities he serves. Jonathan lives in North Minneapolis.

 

Laura Pilarski

Laura Pilarski

Laura Pilarski is a Program Assistant at the Weisman Art Museum on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. There, Laura is also a graduate student in the Arts and Cultural Leadership program, completing her Master’s of Professional Studies this spring. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Art History in 2020. At the Weisman, Laura works across departments and disciplines to create programs that connect artists with the campus community and beyond. She leads the WAM Collective, a student leadership group that serves as the student voice inside of the museum. Together, they plan programs and events, work with artists to create resources and digital content, and learn about the ever-changing role of museums and cultural institutions throughout the year. She is studying both museums and archives in her academic work, focusing on cultivating better practices and collective ways of working to create more equitable structures for the future.

Laura was born and raised in Minnesota and spends many of her weekends as “Auntie Waura” to her young niece and nephew or woodworking in the garage. She enjoys spending time with nature, animals, and all things magical—especially tarot cards!