Wendell Minor :: Biography

Winter Evening, Watercolor on Paper

Winter Evening, Watercolor on Paper

Wendell Minor’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the country in numerous venues including the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Art Institute of Chicago, Tatistcheff Gallery in New York City, Boston Public Library, Chautauqua Institution’s Center for the Visual Arts, Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, and New Britain Museum of American Art. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Mazza Museum at Findlay University, Illinois State Museum, Muskegon Museum of Art, Mattatuck Museum, NASA, New Britain Museum of American Art, Arizona Historical Society, Museum of American Illustration, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Norman Rockwell Museum as well as in the private collections of noted authors David McCullough, Pat Conroy, Mary Higgins Clark, Paul Theroux, Jean Craighead George and Toni Morrison, to name a few.

Minor is nationally known for the artwork he has created for the publishing world. His picture books, which number just over fifty, have afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with many authors, including Jean Craighead George, Buzz Aldrin, and Mary Higgins Clark. In 2013 the Norman Rockwell Museum will host a retrospective exhibition “Wendell Minor’s America” featuring 25 years of his children’s picture book art, and a book of the same title will be produced in conjunction with the exhibit. His books are frequently used in classrooms and have been featured on the PBS-TV program “The Reading Rainbow.”

In addition to picture books, his artwork and designs have enhanced over 2000 book covers, among them David McCullough’s bestsellers Truman, 1776, John Adams and The Greater Journey, Pat Conroy’s The Prince of Tides and South of Broad, Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Julie’s Wolf Pack by Jean Craighead George, Alaska by James Michener and Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry.

Having spent summers painting the landscape in New Mexico, and also in Connecticut, Minor continues to enjoy plein-air painting while simultaneously creating art not only for the publishing industry, but other institutions as well. In 1988 he was chosen as one of a six member team commissioned by NASA to document the shuttle Discovery’s return to flight, and he has created paintings for Chicago’s Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum and the U.S. Postal Service. He has been interviewed on “Dateline NBC”, “CBS Sunday Morning” and “Voice of America,” a radio program heard around the world.

As President of the Society of Illustrators in New York from 1989-1991, he considers one of his most important contributions the organization of an international exhibition, and the subsequent publication of the book of the same name, entitled Art for Survival: The Illustrator and the Environment.

Minor is the recipient of two Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters, and he lectures at schools and universities across the country, frequently on literacy and environmental themes. He lives and works in Washington, Connecticut. You can visit him at www.minorart.com and on Facebook.

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