Born June 28, 1957 in
Albertus Magnus College
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration Graduated 1982
Paier College of
A freelance illustrator
since 1981, Yelenak has worked for a wide variety of clients, including
Golf Digest Magazine, Spalding Sports Worldwide, General Dynamics,
Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and The Hartford Financial Services
His paintings have been exhibited at the Society of Illustrators
in New York and at the Beckett Sports Art Gallery in Dallas. His "A
Boston Legacy" print
was part of the Boston Athletic Association's "The Race
Through History" exhibit for the 100th Boston Marathon.
2001 Yelenak had a solo exhibition at the Old State House in Hartford,
Connecticut called "The Art of Sports."
the attacks of September 11, 2001, Yelenak was commissioned by The
Hartford Insurance Company to produce a painting to depict the company's
and the country's emergency response to the destruction. The Hartford's
New York office was destroyed on 9/11. That painting now hangs in
The Hartford's new office's at Park Avenue in Manhattan, which were
opened less than two months after the attacks.
He was the artist for
the official 1997, 1998, 2003
& 2004 Boston
Marathon Lithographs, the 1999, 2000,
2001, 2002 & 2003
NYC Marathon Posters and he produced the poster for the 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
& 2002 Hartford
His work also appears on the cover of the March/April 2002
2003 issues of Marathon & Beyond Magazine, on the
2001 Boilermaker 15K race poster as well as in the Quotable Runner Training Log.
Recent projects include
creating the painting for the official poster for the 25th
Anniversary 2002 Boilermaker 15K Road Race and the artwork
for the Distance Running Hall Of Fame's 2002 Induction and
the painting for the 2003
Distance Running Hall of Fame Weekend.
He has also created a
of Arthur Lydiard and Peter Snell for Marathon & Beyond
Yelenak's work appeared
on the cover of the program for the 100th Yale-Harvard football
game, and more recently, on covers of Beckett's sports publications.
His painting of Michael
Jordan was selected as a
winner in the 1997 Beckett Sports Art Gallery National Contest.
mural is located at VFW Post 591, 23 Prince Street, Wallingford
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