Recent Exhibits and Awards

This spring my work is on exhibit in three New England shows:

72nd Annual Exhibition of Traditional Realism
Academic Artists Association
May 12 - June 5 Arts Center East, Vernon, CT

121st Annual Juried Art Exhibition
The New Haven Paint & Clay Club
May 8 - May 29 Sill House Gallery, Old Lyme, CT

10th Annual Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition
June 5 - July 23 Red Barn Gallery, Waitsfield, VT

In May 2019 I entered five juried exhibits, was accepted to all and won awards at two shows. My painting "Petals and Glass" won the Kazuko Moriwaki Memorial Floral Award at Hudson Valley Art Association
86th Annual Juried Exhibition in Lyme, CT and my watercolor "Cezanne's Studio, Aix en Provence" received the Holbien Award at the New England Watercolor Society 2019 New England Regional Exhibit in Portsmith, NH.

May 2018 my painting Petals and Glass was awarded Best in Show at the 68th Annual Academic Artists Association National Exhibition of Traditional Realism. In November of 2018 my watercolor Haddam Ice won an award at the Connecticut Watercolor Society Autumn Exhibition.

In June of 2017 I entered the 77th Annual Connecticut Watercolor Society show and had my painting "Collégiale Notre-Dame Semur-en-Auxois" win the Nancy Greene Memorial Award.

2016 kicked off with my painting, "Bartholdi Fountain - Lyon, France" winning the Transparent Watercolor Award at the Connecticut Watercolor Society's Winter show and "Petals and Glass" winning Best in Show at the West Hartford Art League's "The Art of Flowers" exhibit January 31st.

Andy Yelenak - Biography

Albertus Magnus College Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration, Graduated 1982

Paier College of Art Graduated 1981

A freelance illustrator for over 30 years, I have received commissions from a wide variety of clients, including Golf Digest Magazine, Spalding Sports Worldwide, Nike, General Dynamics, Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and The Hartford Insurance Company.

My paintings have been exhibited at the Society of Illustrators in New York, the Guild of Boston Artists Gallery, Beckett Sports Art Gallery in Dallas and at the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists shows for the past three years.

In 2001, I had a solo exhibition at the Old State House in Hartford, Connecticut titled "The Art Of Sports." I was the artist for the official 1997, 1998, 2003 & 2004 Boston Marathon lithographs, the 1999-2003 New York City Marathon posters, the 2001-2017 Utica Boilermaker Road Race/National Distance Running Hall of Fame posters, and for many Hartford Marathon posters including the 2013 edition. Many of these paintings are on permanent display at the National Distance Running Hall of Fame in Utica, New York.

My work appears on numerous covers of Marathon & Beyond Magazine and I have been a regular contributor to New England Runner Magazine. My book illustrations include The Quotable Runner Training Log and a children's book, Run Dad Run.

My work appeared on the cover of the program for the 100th Yale-Harvard football game and on the covers of Beckett's Sports Publications. My painting of Michael Jordan was selected as a winner in the 1997 Beckett Sports Art Gallery National Contest.

In 2005, I completed an eight-year project for the Wallingford VFW Post 591. My 20 foot wall mural, Fighting for Freedom, honors the veterans of the wars of the 20th century and includes the post's namesake, Raoul Lufbery, the famous WWI fighter ace.

I've also been the artist for the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance Gold Key Awards for over 30 years. In 2015 my work appeared on the cover of Russia's Run Magazine.

My wife Merrill and I live in North Haven, Connecticut.