Audrey Bell ///
Science Illustration

I am a board-certified medical and science illustrator based in Detroit. I focus on making resources for web and print media that are thoughtfully tailored to the intended audience, emphasize the beauty of science, and celebrate inclusivity and equality in healthcare.

I have created illustrations and animations for medical journals, students at OUWB School of Medicine, surgeons-in-training at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, patient resources for NGMV Charity, 3D anatomical models for Ninewells Teaching Hospital, and science visuals for the Lloyd Library and Museum, the D'Arcy Thompson Zoological Museum, and the Centre for Human Anatomy and Identification. 

I received a MSc in Medical Art with Distinction from the University of Dundee (2018), where I completed my thesis on complications with placental implantation, and a BA in Visual Art and Anthropology from Williams College (2010). My attention to detail, accuracy, and aesthetics has been honed through years of training and experience in craft and design, art conservation, and documentary film. I also have a foundation in human anatomy and physiology through studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

I am a professional member of the Association of Medical Illustrators and the Institute of Medical Illustrators.  In 2018, I was honored with the Institute of Medical Illustrators Award (Gold). I have also been the recipient of many residencies and fellowships for my fine art.

I am proficient in Zbrush, Maya, and Adobe Creative Suite, as well as virtual and interactive platforms including Hololens.

Follow me on Instagram @audreyebell

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2018                        MSc in Medical Art with Distinction, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

2017                        Continuing Education in Human Anatomy and Physiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2017                        Continuing Education in Cell Biology and General Chemistry, University of North Carolina, Asheville

2015                        Core Fellowship Program, Penland School of Crafts, NC

2010                        BA in Anthropology and Studio Art, Williams College

2008                       School For International Training, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia


2020 --                 Science Illustrator, A.E. Bell Illustration, Detroit, MI

2019 --                  Medical Illustrator, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine; Rochester Hills, MI

2019                       Medical Illustrator, NGMV Charity; London, UK

2018 - 2019         Medical Illustrator, Royal College of Surgeons of England; London, UK

2018                        Medical Artist, Microsoft Hololens Project, University of Dundee; Scotland, UK

2016                        Apprentice to Richard Steiner,  Kyoto International Mokuhanga School; Japan

2016                        Instructor, “Dioramas!” Williams College; Williamstown, MA

2015                        Visiting Artist/Instructor, Sculpture, Warren Wilson College, NC

2015                        Studio Assistant to Tom Shields, artist (wood); Penland, NC

2015                        Founder/Creative Director, Outline Designs; Penland, NC

2015                        Studio Assistant, “Build It, Pad it, Upholster It,” Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

2012                        Intern, Southern Documentary Fund; Durham, NC

2011 – 2012           Exhibitions Intern, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University; Durham, NC

2011 – 2012           Intern, Painting Conservation Inc.; Durham, NC

2009 – 2010         Curator, Huh?Wow!presents; Williamstown, MA

2009 – 2010         Teaching Assistant to Barbara Takenaga (printmaking), Williams College, Williamstown, MA


2023                       Oak Spring Garden Foundation, Upperville, VA

2022                       Lloyd Library and Museum AIR, Cincinnati, OH

2021                        Penland School of Craft Winter Residency, Penland, NC

2020                       Knockvologan Studies Residency, Isle of Mull, UK (postponed)

2018                        Institute of Medical Illustrators Award (Gold), UK

2016                        Windgate Emerging Craftsperson Residency, Mississippi State University

2016                        The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Montreal, QC, Canada

2016                        North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grant, Burnsville, NC

2013 – 2015        Core Fellowship, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

2012                        Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Fellows Program, Durham, NC

2012                        Work-study Scholarship, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

2010                        Frederick M. Peyser Prize in Painting, Williamstown, MA

2010                        Williams College Class Artist, Williamstown, MA

2009                       Wilmers Fellowship, Williamstown, MA

2007                       The John H. Ohly ’33 Memorial Fund, Williamstown, MA


2023                       The Hastings Center Report (Brummett A. Mapping the Moral Terrain of Clinical Deception. 53:1)

2023                       Frontiers in Physiology (Kuang SY. Advancing Physiology Education by Understanding the Multiple Dimensions of Homeostasis)

2023                       Advances in Physiology Education (Kuang SY. A Better Explanation of Countercurrent Multiplication in the Formation of the Corticopapillary Osmotic Gradient in the Out Medulla. 2023 Jul 13)

2022                       Mastering Sculpture: The Figure in Clay (Córdova C. Quarry Books)

2022                      Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education (Hurse D, Kemp K, et al. Using What's at Hand. 22:3)

2021                       Advances in Immunology, Vol. 152 (Alt F. Academic Press)

2021                       Frontiers in Immunology (Ferreira V, Cortes C, Smrithi M, et al. Hijacking Factor H for Complement Immune Evasion. 12:188)

2021                       International Journal of Molecular Sciences (Pratt R. Hyaluronan and the Fascial Frontier)

2021                       Medical Science Educator (Kemp K, Baxa D, Cortes C. The COVID-19 Pandemic Course)

2021                       Neuroscience in the 21st Century (Patino G. Voltage-Gated Ion Channels. Springer, 2021)

2020                      The American Journal of Cardiology (Hajj Hussein I, Raad M, Dabbagh M et al. Cardiac injury patterns and inpatient outcomes among patients admitted with COVID-19. 133:154-161.)

2020                       Frontiers in Public Health (Hajj Hussein I, Chams N, Chams S et al. COVID-19: A multidisciplinary review, 8:383)

2018                       MSc Medical Art Degree Show -- University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

2018                        Japan Print Society Group Exhibition (Kansai Branch) -- Kyoto International Community House, Kyoto, Japan

2017                        New American Paintings, No. 130, Southern Issue

2017                          REGARD: Reciprocal Portraits -- Frankie G. Weems Gallery, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC  (co-curated by Sherry Di Felippo and Janet Link)

2016                        Audrey Bell (solo show) -- The Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC

2016                          Tilt Opia: New Work by Angela Eastman and Audrey Bell -- Mississippi State University, MS

2106                        Western North Carolina Magazine (featured “Last Page” artist)

2016                        At Work: Penland School of Crafts -- Leeds Gallery, Earlham College, Richmond, IN (curator: former Penland Resident Artist Rachel Meginnes)

2015                         International Painting Annual 6 -- Manifest Gallery exhibition-in-print

2015                           Materials: Hard & Soft -- Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX

2015                           Maake Magazine Issue Two (Featured in online and print publication)

2015                           Small Works 2015 -- Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY

2015                           Penland Benefit Auction -- Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

2015                           This into That: Found Object Art, Assemblage, and Other Transformed Work -- Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA


2018 - present       Association of Medical Illustrators (Member)

2018 - present       Institute of Medical Illustrators (Member)

2015 - 2017             RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

2014 - 2015            Penland Gallery, Penland, NC

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