Wendell Minor is nationally known for the artwork he has created for over fifty award-winning children’s books. He is also the cover artist and designer for books by Pat Conroy and David McCullough.
Wendell has received over 300 awards from every major graphics competition, including Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators and the New York Art Directors Club, Gold Medals from creativity Annual, and has been interviewed by Stone Phillips of “Dateline NBC,” Anthony Mason of “CBS Sunday Morning” and Michael Joyce of “Voice of America,” a radio program heard around the world. In June of 2004, Wendell received an Honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Aurora University in Illinois and one from the University of Connecticut in 2010.
His work has been exhibited widely throughout the country in various venues including: the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA; the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT; the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT; the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AZ; The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; the Boston Public Library, Boston, MA and the Chautauqua Institution’s Center for the Visual Arts, Chautauqua, NY; His paintings can be found in the permanent collections of the Mazza Museum at Findlay University, Findlay, OH; Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL; Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI; Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT; NASA; Arizona Historical Society, Tucson, AZ; Museum of American Illustration, NY, NY; and the U.S. Coast Guard as well as in the private collections of noted authors David McCullough, Pat Conroy, Mary Higgins Clark, Paul Theroux and Toni Morrison to name a few.
In 2013, The Norman Rockwell Museum will host a retrospective exhibition “Wendell Minor’s America” showcasing 25 years of his children’s book art. A book featuring the art will be published in conjunction with the exhibit.
In 1988 Wendell was chosen as one of six member team commissioned by NASA to document the shuttle Discovery’s return to flight. He has created paintings for Chicago’s Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum and the US Postal Service.
Wendell lives and works in Washington, CT.