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Hello! My name is Rahele Jomepour Bell. 
I am a professional illustrator and painter. I have graduated with MFA in Integrated Visual Arts from Iowa State University in 2015, I now live and work in a beautiful tiny city of Ames in the state of Iowa. My home studio looks out over a small Iowa yard, with low-speed railroad tracks in the distance. I likes watching the train crawl by, especially when I see a rabbit or a squirrel watching. What are they thinking?


Thanks to Angela Cerrito for interviewing me related my work selected for SCBWI Bologna Book Fair.

Thanks to Joanna Marple for interviewing me.

Screen Shot from SCBWI Official Website. 

Screen Shot from SCBWI Official Website. 

Awards/ Honors


Finalist, SCBWI 2016 Bologna Book Fair

Second place, UICCU BenchMarks, Iowa City, IA


Winner of the Art Spot for SCBWI Bulletin, summer issue, United States

Emerging Artist Best in Show, first place, Iowa Arts, Iowa City, IA

Creative Quarterly No.39, Runner Up, Fine Arts Student Category, NY


Winner of top 100 artists, designers and photographers, Creative Quarterly, NY

Creative Quarterly No.38, Runner Up, Fine Arts Student Category, NY

Creative Quarterly No.36, winner of the Fine Art Student category, NY

2011-2014, Full Graduate Tuition scholarship, Iowa State University, Integrated Visual Arts, IA


Best Show award at 7th Annual New Bohemia Arts Festival, Cedar Rapids, IA

Merit Student Award, 3x3 Contemporary Illustration Magazine, NY


Illustrator Award for 4th Picture Book Illustration , South Korea


200 Best Illustrators of Worldwide, Luerzer's Archive, Vienna, Austria

Honorable Award for The 45th Golden Pen of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia


Honorable Mention for Figures Future illustration Biennal, Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse, Paris, France

Selected Illustration, One Thousand and One Night, Barreiro, Portugal

Second Prize, International Illustration Competition, Tehran, Iran