Aug 9, 2014. - Feb 1, 2015.
Celebrating Smokey Bear
Rudy Wendelin and the Creation of an Icon
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.