The above trailer is an excerpt from the DVD The Way of the Cross.
As an artist, Ben Stahl has won more than 50 national awards including the Saltus Gold Medal from the National Academy of Design. He was a co-founder of the largest art school in the world, The Famous Artists Schools and Famous Schools International which offered courses in painting, photography, writing and cartooning. Some of the co-founders included names such as Norman Rockwell, Irving Penn, Rod Serling, Al Capp and many others.
Stahl traveled the world on commissions for many national magazines, and with the temporary rank of brigadier general, toured the Far East for the U.S. Air Force. The paintings from that tour depict the everyday life of the Air Force in Asia. Those paintings now hang in the Pentagon and at the Air Force Academy.
Stahl is listed in “Who’s Who in America”, “The Blue Book” (London), “Dictionary of International Biography”, “Who’s Who in American Art”, “The Painter’s Hall of Fame”, “Who’s Who in the East”, “Who’s Who in the World”, and “Men of Achievement”. Stahl was elected to the Illustrator’s Hall of Fame in 1974 and was a member of the Society of Illustrators, Artists and Writer’s Club and the Player’s Club of New York City.
In thirty years he illustrated over 750 stories for the “Saturday Evening Post”, and many books including limited editions of “Madam Bovary”, “Little Women” and the 25th anniversary edition of “Gone With The Wind” which hang as part of the permanent collection of the Atlanta Library. He also was commissioned to paint 14 Stations of the Cross for a special edition of the Catholic Bible published by The Catholic Press in 1955.
In addition to the advertising campaigns for clients such as John Hancock Life Insurance Co., Bell Aircobra, International Silver and many others, he was commissioned by MGM Studios to create works to promote the film “Ben Hur”. Other film commissions include; “Two for Texas” and “Song Without End” from Universal Studios.
At the age of sixteen, Stahl was exhibiting in the International Watercolor Show at the Art Institute of Chicago where he later taught and lectured. He also taught at the American Academy of Art, The New York Art Student’s League, Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute and numerous universities across the country. His paintings are included in museum collections throughout the world.
In 1965, his first book, “Blackbeard’s Ghost” was published by Houghton Mifflin Co. and was translated into Spanish and French and was made into a movie by Walt Disney. The sequel, “The Secret of Red Skull” was also published by Houghton Mifflin.
In 1976, Stahl was asked to produce 26 half hour programs entitled “Journey Into Art” for the South Carolina Educational TV Network. The series air nationally several times on PBS.