High School Art Teacher, Fine Art Painter,
Michael is accomplished in both the art world and in the field of art education, playing a vital role in pioneering the development of a Visual Journaling movement, giving workshops throughout the country, and donating his time and art to numerous charity benefits that have helped raise awareness and thousands of dollars from his painting sales.
In 2013 Michael Bell was named Washington Post's "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" and received the national 2013 William U. Harris College Board Award and Dr. James E. Douthat Lycoming College Outstanding Alumnus Award. Bell received the National Art honor Society Sponsor of the Year Award and for the fourth year in a row, one of his students won the National Rising Star Award in Painting Award at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) 2013 National Art Convention.
Michael Bell played an instrumental role in Southern High obtaining National Blue Ribbon status and his National Blue Ribbon Presentation proposal on "Family and Community Engagement through Advanced Studies in Arts, Innovation and Design" was one of only two secondary education presentations in the entire country selected by the U.S. Department of Education. Michael was nomineed for the 2011 National Outstanding Young Educator of the Year Award.
In 2005, Michael Bell received the Good Shepherd Community Service Award at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles for his activism in raising domestic violence awareness. In 2004 he was awarded Anne Arundel County Public School's 2004 "Teacher of the Year" and in 2002, the Maryland Art Education Association awarded Michael Bell the "Most Outstanding Art Educator Award."
As a professional artist, Michael Bell has tapped into America's love affair with Gangsters in Hollywood, with an infamous painting clientele that includes the late John Gotti and numerous actors from movie blockbusters such as "The Sopranos", "Goodfellas", "A Bronx Tale" & more.
"I blossomed at Lycoming College. The Art Department faculty encouraged me, and believed in me as an artist when no one else did and this gave me the confidence to pursue my dreams. Painting, for me, is a dynamic process of self-exploration and a constructive way to give form and meaningful expression to an experience. I investigate problems on a personal and intuitive level. It's the journey that constantly fuels my mind. It's a timeless, cinematic world where stories are born. All I am is what I create. It's my blessing to share with the world."