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Reception Held to Honor Artist Anne Bell


The event celebrated the award-winning artist’s donation of artwork to commemorate the College’s Centennial. 

Ferrum, Va. (April 26, 2013) – Numerous Ferrum College faculty, staff, friends and supporters gathered on campus in Stanley Library on Friday, April 26, to celebrate artist Anne Bell’s generous donation of a variety of artworks to the College to commemorate its 100th anniversary. The works represent the breadth of Bell’s artistic talent and the wide variety of media in which she creates, including sculpture, pastels, pen & ink, oils and collage.

“Ferrum College is pleased and honored to dedicate the Anne Bell Gallery. The Gallery showcases her amazing artistic talent, creativity and generosity. Her work exemplifies the beauty of our region, culture and traditions in Appalachia," said Vice President for Institutional Advancement Kim Blair. "It is an honor to have someone of Ms. Bell’s talent associated with Ferrum College and we are grateful to uplift her legacy on campus for our students, faculty, alumni and community during our Centennial year.”

Bell, who currently resides in Raleigh, NC, is a prominent, award-winning painter who has been involved in southwest Virginia arts for 35 years.  Her work, which is characterized by representational imagery and effective use of collage, is featured in numerous private, corporate and public collections. Among Bell’s public art works are a number of portraits of politicians, sports figures, and classic Hollywood stars along with museum murals. Her bronze statue of American Revolutionary War hero General Andrew Lewis can be seen at the Salem Civic Center in Salem; her bust of General Lewis is in the Old Hall of the House of Delegates in Richmond.

Many more recent murals, portraits and sculpture are permanently housed in the Orlando, Fl., area in campus buildings of the Arnold Palmer and the Winnie Palmer Hospitals, many corporations and church walls and private installations. Bell’s national and international recognition includes many “best of shows.” Her service to the community and volunteerism includes service on the original board for the National D-day Memorial Foundation, Lewis Gale Medical Center and the Orlando Regional Health Foundation.

The new works of art are in addition to the Anne Bell Collection located in the Sale Theatre lobby in Schoolfield Hall, which includes 20 works on oak panels inspired by Benjamin Beckham’s historic lantern slides. Dr. Beckham, Ferrum College’s founding president, used the slides to solicit support for the fledgling institution in the late teens and early 1920s. In the slides, Bell saw authentic scenes of the area that revealed insight into people’s lives, hopes, difficulties and dreams. She reinterpreted the slides in pastels, pen & ink, and oils.

See photographs from the reception here.

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