About

Evan Nicole Bell is a Columbia, Maryland-based photographer and documentarian. In May 2018, she graduated with distinction in a self-designed major, "Documenting Justice: The Role of Photographic Narratives in Activism," from Duke University. She was the first and only undergraduate staff photographer at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy and was a recipient of both the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award and RIPP Documentary Arts Fellowship in Photography from the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS). In 2018, she was chosen by CDS faculty as the winner of the Julia Harper Day Award, awarded to one graduating senior who demonstrated excellence in documentary studies. She is a passionate storyteller and a strong believer in the power of using images to make social change. 

When she's not making photos, she likes to play Settlers of Catan, write classical guitar music, and eat brunch. Send an emailtweet, or insta DM to get in touch!

Solo Exhibitions

Apr-May 2018 | Faith in Color: A Photographic Exploration of Race, Religion, and America in Tribute to C. Eric Lincoln | Duke University Chapel, Durham, NC (link)

Jan-Feb 2018 | black. | Louise Jones Brown Gallery, Duke University, Durham, NC (link)

Selected Group Exhibitions

Apr 2018 | What Is Good Art? | Kenan-Keohane Gallery, Durham, NC

Feb 2018 | What Is Home? | Rubenstein Arts Center, Durham, NC

Oct 2015 | Duke University Union Arts Festival | Durham, NC

Dec 2014 | Stories of Smith | Y.E. Smith Elementary School, Durham, NC

Oct 2014 | Duke University Union Arts Festival | Durham, NC

Mar-May 2014 | 24th Annual Senior Show | Department of Education Gallery, Ellicott City, MD

2010-2014 | Howard County Spring Student Arts Exhibition | Columbia, MD

Press

Center for Documentary Studies, "Duke Senior Evan Nicole Bell Wins CDS's Julia Harper Day Award"

The Durham Voice, "Evan Nicole Bell: Documenting through photography"

The Chronicle, "In 'Faith in Color,' spirituality is both political and personal"

Duke Office of Civic Engagement, "A Camera: a Weapon and an Olive Branch"

Duke Today, "Senior Evan Nicole Bell Named Duke Chapel C. Eric Lincoln Fellow"

The Daily Tar Heel, "Duke University senior documents Durham Black community in 'black.' photography exhibit" 

The Chronicle, "Senior's photography exhibit represents blackness in Durham and beyond"

The Chronicle, "Souls of lay folk"

The Rival Duke, "Photography as activism"

Awards & Fellowships

2018 | Julia Harper Day Award (for excellence in documentary studies), Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

2018 | John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

2018 | C. Eric Lincoln Theology and Arts Fellowship/Undergraduate Artist Residency, Duke University Chapel

2017 | RIPP Documentary Arts Fellowship in Photography, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

2016 | Kenan Summer Fellowship, The Kenan Institute of Ethics at Duke University

2015 | Forum Fellowship, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

2015 | Featured Artist, Duke University Union Arts Festival

2014 | Featured Artist, Duke University Union Arts Festival

2014 | Howard County Senior Juror’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts

2013 | Howard County Junior Juror’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts

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