Bob Gorrell, “The Art of War” Exhibition Open “Weapons” of War at Marshall

Award-winning editorial cartoonist Bob Gorrell will talk, draw and entertain at the Marshall Foundation on July16 beginning at 5:30 pm. A reception will follow.

The public is invited and must register by calling Leigh McFaddin at (540) 463-7103, ext. 138. See the Foundation’s web site at for more information.

Guests who arrive when the doors open at 4:45 can see the new exhibition, “The Art of War,” that features examples of conventional weapons as well as examples of “paper bullets,” which are posters, leaflets, brochures, film and editorial cartoons that were used to influence public opinion during WWI and WWII.

General George C. Marshall was constantly seeking to sway public opinion. For example he enlisted the services of five of the top Hollywood film directors to produce “troop information films” for soldiers and, later, civilians. The most famous of these, Frank Capra’s “Why We Fight” series, can be seen in the exhibition space. Two original prints by famous artist Thomas Hart Benton are must-see items.

This event is a part of the new “Weapons” of War sequence of the Marshall Legacy Series and is being presented in partnership with Virginia Military Institute.

A Greensboro, North Carolina native, Bob Gorrell attended the University of Virginia and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1977. After two years as staff artist at the Ft. Myers News-Press in Florida and three years in North Carolina at the Charlotte News, he arrived at the Richmond News Leader in Virginia during 1983. Gorrell moved to the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 1992, and served there as editorial cartoonist until resigning in January 1998 to concentrate on syndicated editorial and comics page features.

Winner of the 1997 National Press Foundation’s Berryman Award as editorial cartoonist of the Year, Gorrell has been syndicated in hundreds of daily and weekly newspapers, including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. His commentary has been featured in Time, Newsweek, National Review and other prominent periodicals. His cartoons have been used on “Face the Nation” and C-Span, and he has been a guest on CNN’s “Crossfire” as well as other television and radio broadcasts. His work has been included in numerous cartoon anthologies.

The George C. Marshall Legacy Series interprets General Marshall’s legacy through a multi-year series of events and programs centered on key themes, events or episodes from General Marshall’s career.