Curator of Collections
Marco Island Historical Society
Austin Bell is an emerging museum professional specializing in the dissemination of fun, knowledge, and understanding via museum exhibits and collections. Since 2013, Austin has served as the Curator of Collections for the Marco Island Historical Society, where his work has been recognized for excellence by the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, the Florida Association of Museums, and the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC). Austin is an alumnus of the University of Florida, receiving a double B.A. in Anthropology and Classical Studies (2007) and an M.A. in Museum Studies (2012). He is also graduate of the Smithsonian Institution’s Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (2012), the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Marco program (2014), and SEMC’s Jekyll Island Management Institute (2018). Born and raised in South Florida, Austin has been a part of Florida's museum community for more than a decade, contributing as an employee, intern, and volunteer to the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, and the History of Diving Museum. Austin also volunteers as Treasurer and Membership Chair on the Southeastern Registrars Association’s Board of Directors, as Secretary on the Trail of Florida's Indian Heritage’s Board of Directors, and is a founding committee member of the American Association of State and Local History’s (AASLH) Emerging History Professionals affinity group. Austin is passionate about preserving and sharing history and is humbled and honored to be a steward for cultural heritage.
Sunday, May 6
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM