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Aug 9, 2014. - Feb 1, 2015.

Celebrating Smokey Bear

Rudy Wendelin and the Creation of an Icon

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Rudy Wendelin, Why? oil on masonite board, 1990. Image courtesy of the National Agricultural Library, US Department of Agriculture.

The Chrysler celebrates seven decades of an American icon—Smokey Bear, the well-known spokesbruin of the United States Forest Service.

A Virginia artist, Rudy Wendelin of Arlington, depicted the friendly firefighting bear with the ranger hat and shovel for four decades, and is often credited with immortalizing him in pop culture history.

This exhibition, which includes 19 Wendelin paintings of Smokey Bear, is organized by the Virginia Department of Forestry to celebrate its 100th anniversary. It includes artwork on loan from the National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For more on this media-savvy bear, you can visit his website, Facebook page, YouTube channel, Instagram feed or Twitter account.

Rudy Wendelin
High Five for Fire Protection
Gouache, pen, acrylic and watercolor on paper mounted to board
1996
Image courtesy of the National Agricultural Library, US Department of Agriculture

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