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Andrew Joseph Yelenak

Born June 28, 1957 in Bristol, Connecticut.

Albertus Magnus College  
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration  Graduated 1982

Paier College of Art
Graduated 1981

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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 Group, Inc.

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.

In 2001 Yelenak had a solo exhibition at the Old State House in Hartford, Connecticut called "The Art of Sports."

After 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 Marathons.

His work also appears on the cover of the March/April 2002 and March/April 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 portrait of Arthur Lydiard and Peter Snell for Marathon & Beyond Magazine.

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.

The mural is located at VFW Post 591, 23 Prince Street, Wallingford CT 06492
VFW Post Email: vfw591@ymail.com

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