Meadowlark Gallery: The Artist Biographies

Don Rodell (1932-2003)
Mr. Rodell was born Nov. 29, 1932, in Alliance, Neb., to Steve and Frances (Ogle) Rodell. He grew up in Alliance and graduated from high school there. He was a 1964 graduate of the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and was a commercial artist. He began his career doing animal illustrations for international publications, magazines, book publishers, newspapers, children's works and advertising agencies. He was the first artist to show paintings in Yellowstone National Park, after being commissioned to depict the eight major wild animals there in "The Yellowstone Series." He was one of only eight North American artists invited to participate in the World Wildlife Congress in Johannesburg, South Africa, and his wildlife paintings were exhibited in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City and at America's Bicentennial Show in Washington, D.C. He was the American Eagle Foundation's Artist of the Year in 2000. His works also are in many private and corporate collections including the Wildlife World Museum, Grand Teton National Park Visitor's Center and the National History Museum in Las Vegas. Donald Steve Rodell, 70, of Sheridan died Thursday, March 27, 2003.
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