Fountain Valley School To Induct Actor Marshall Bell '61 and Former Faculty Walter Wilson Into Arts Guild

Actor Marshall Bell ‘61 and Former Arts Faculty Walter Wilson will be inducted into the Fountain Valley School of Colorado Arts Guild on Friday, June 3, 2011, during the School's Reunion Weekend. Both will be in attendance to receive their awards.

This is the second year Fountain Valley School of Colorado will induct members into its arts society. The FVS Arts Guild recognizes FVS alumni and former faculty who have made significant contributions to the arts. Last year, inductees included founding faculty members Ernest Kitson and Boardman Robinson, sculptor and painter David Hare ’36, painter Bruce Gomez ’75 and jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth ’94.

Marshall Bell, a native of Tulsa, Okla., has acted in more than 100 movies and/or television shows in his 26-year acting career. Bell became interested in acting while on stage in the FVS production of “Harvey,” but he was discouraged from acting and spent the next 20 years as a public speaking consultant.

His first acting job was a bit part in the 1984 film “Birdy” starring Nicholas Cage. Since then, he has appeared in at least a movie or TV series every year, starring with well-known actors such as Christian Bale (“Rescue Dawn”), Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Capote”), and Arnold Schwarzenegger (“Total Recall” and “Twins”). TV appearances included regular roles on “Deadwood,” “Hull High” and “Good vs. Evil,” with guest spots on “House,” “CSI,” “The Shield,” “The X-Files,” “Stargate Atlantis” and “Southland.”

He’s probably most recognized as George/Kuato in “Total Recall,” but he’s also played in other popular movies including “Starship Troopers,” “Stand by Me,” “Natural Born Killers,” “Air America” and “Dick Tracy.” Bell is often cast in tough guy roles such as prison wardens, cops and military personnel.

Longtime FVS Arts Faculty and Artist in Residence Walter Wilson (1957-83) inspired countless students during his tenure and is a successful, highly collected regional artist.

Motivated as a boy by the works of his great grandfather, the renowned 19th century American painter Ralph Albert Blakelock, Wilson painted and drew throughout his youth. He began teaching at FVS in 1957, resurrecting the arts program that had been languishing for years after the departure of Boardman Robinson.

Wilson quickly built momentum for the arts curriculum, moving the department from a single room in Penrose Hall to the first floor of what is now the Art Barn. On the second floor of the barn was the auditorium where Wilson and his students created sets for the plays and musicals performed there. He inspired several students to pursue careers in art.

As a professional artist, Wilson specializes in landscapes, portrait painting, stage and scenic design, and custom artwork for corporations. He is represented in more than 300 collections, and his work has been in numerous museum exhibitions and one-man shows. As an entrepreneur, Wilson founded art, antique and oriental rug galleries. Last fall, he published his book, “Walter Blakelock Wilson, An American Artist, 66 Years of Painting.”

Wilson will sign copies of book before and after the Arts Guild induction ceremony scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3, in the Frautschi Campus Center Sala.

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Congratulations to two very deserving inductees! I'm sure the students and parents and anyone else who attends Friday will enjoy meeting two fine men.
I certainly will! I am a big Marshall Bell fan!

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