Meet Brent Bell
Docent Volunteer of the Month

Docent Volunteer of the Month
Brent Bell
Docent Volunteer of the Month

Brent was one of the first volunteers to lend their service to The Bryan Museum in March 2015, and he has truly helped shape the docent program from the beginning. Brent is always willing to lend a helping hand and share his knowledge. As an art lover, he can typically be found in the Texas Masters Gallery discussing the Texas artists with guests. If you are lucky enough to find Brent leading your tour, be sure to thank him for his time and dedication.

We asked Brent a few questions about his time at the Museum:

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I'm a native Arkansan but have lived in Texas since graduating college here in 1980. I lived in Dallas first and then Houston. I became a Galveston "weekender" in 2000 and was lucky enough to become a full-time resident a couple of years ago after marrying my lovely wife Debbie, a longtime UTMB employee. I have two beautiful stepdaughters: Jennifer, a radiologist working on her Fellowship at Emory in Atlanta, and Lauren, who has just started with Ball High here on the island teaching English and coaching the drill team. She is due with our first grandchild in September! I enjoy art, the beach, golf, travel, and Arkansas Razorback football. I also enjoy serving on the board of the Galveston Arts Center.

What enticed you to become a volunteer at The Bryan Museum?

I retired in January 2015 after thirty-five years in the consumer electronics industry and was searching for things to keep me busy. I had read about The Bryan coming to the island and immediately thought it would be a good way to give back to this town that has become my home. Combining a love of art with wanting to help seemed like a great idea. I volunteered as soon as I could. There were six of us at the initial volunteer meeting. From those meetings came the docent program, and I happily volunteered for that.

What is your favorite part of being a Bryan Museum volunteer?

Absolutely it would be visiting with guests that come to tour this wonderful museum. It's fun to be a part of something that people just fall in love with. Also learning about Texas history, art, etc. has certainly been gratifying as well. I try and make a point to read or reread a document or one of the case iPads every time I'm here. It just never gets old learning about Texas history.

What is your favorite thing about the Museum?

A tough question but I would have to say the Texas Masters Gallery. It's just wonderful being surrounded by the beautiful artwork. I never get tired of being in there!