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.
In August of 2016 "Cezanne's Studio - Aix en Provence" won the Pamela J. Nelson Watercolor Award at the Mystic Museum of Art 60th Regional Juried Show. On October 8th I painted live in Bushnell Park during the Hartford Marathon, completing the painting in six hours.
Andy Yelenak - Biography
Albertus Magnus College Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration,
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
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,