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 Enid Diack (Palanchian) Bell  (1904 - 1994)



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Lived/Active: New Jersey/New York      Known for: wood carved sculpture, illustration, teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A sculptor, art educator, writer and illustrator, Enid Bell was born in England and spent most of her career in New Jersey, living in North Bergen and Englewood.  From 1944 to 1968, she was Instructor of Sculpture and Head of the Sculpture Department of the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art.  Previous to that time, she served for one year, 1940 to 1941, as Sculpture Supervisor for the Federal Art Project.

She began her art education in England and continued in New York City at the Art Students League.

Sculpture by Enid Bell included wood relief panels for the United States Treasury Department and a New Deal genre piece, Morning Mail for the Boonton Post Office in New Jersey. Her primary mediums were wood, terra-cotta, stone, marble and alabaster.

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Biography from Papillon Gallery:
Enid Bell

Enid Bell was born in London on December 5, 1904. She worked as a sculptor, author, illustrator and professor, and was primarily active in the New York/New Jersey area.

She studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1920-1921, the St. John's Wood school of Art in London from 1921-1922, and was the private pupil of Sir W. Reid Dick in London during those years as well. She continued her studies in New York at the Art Students League.

She was a member of the New York Society of Craftsmen, Associated Artists of New Jersey and the National Sculpture Society. She exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the National Academy of Design. In addition, she had a solo exhibition at the Ferargil Gallery. She received a Gold Medal at the Paris International Exposition in 1937, as well as multiple awards in the US.

Bell frequently created works on commission. She designed the Congressional Gold Medal that was awarded to pilot and explorer, Lincoln Ellsworth, in 1931. She also created the sketch of Joe T. Robinson that was used on a centennial half-dollar in 1936. Numerous other pieces of Bell's work are on display throughout the United States in colleges, libraries, colleges, cultural institutions, post offices, and hospitals.

Before her beginning her post as a professor of sculpture at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, Bell served as the Sculpture Supervisor for the Federal Arts Project, which was funded by the W.P.A.

Enid Bell died in 1994 in Englewood, New Jersey.

Biography from Heckscher Museum of Art:
Enid Bell (married name: Palanchian)
Born: 12/05/1904 London, England
Died: 06/04/1994 Englewood, New Jersey

Born of Scottish parents in London, Enid Bell first studied at the Glasgow School of Art.  In the United States she continued at The Art Students League.  She was represented by Ferergil and Kraushaar Galleries.  She was head of the WPA Sculptural Division in New Jersey.

Her works were exhibited at:

Whitney Studio Club
Pennylvania Academy of Fine Art
National Academy of Design
Paris International Exhibition
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Brooklyn Museum
Montclair Art Museum
Newark Art Museum

Gold Medal Diploma, Paris International 1937
New Jersey State annual, 1933 and 1949
National Sculpture Association

She was listed in Who's Who in American Art & Dictionary of American Sculptures

Bell was also a Member of the National Sculpture Society.


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