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Citadel News Service
26 Jan 2010

Southeastern Wildlife Expo artist Jerry Raedeke to visit The Citadel

The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) educational partnership will host a free public demonstration and lecture by SEWE watercolor artist Jerry Raedeke at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 in Bond Hall room 165 on The Citadel campus.

“This idea for this lecture grew out of the tremendous response to a demonstration Jerry did for my art appreciation class last year,” said Adjunct Professor Tiffany Silverman. “In addition, cadets volunteered for SEWE events last year, gaining hands-on experience. One cadet, Wade Arnold, now has an internship with SEWE and is in charge of cadet volunteers for the weekend.”

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SEWE watercolor artist Jerry Raedeke will be at The Citadel at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 in Bond Hall room 165.

Raedeke, the 1989 SEWE featured artist, sold his first wildlife paintings when he was 11 and painted with oils from his childhood. After early experiences with fine arts, Raedeke later developed a fascination with watercolors while studying with the Chinese-American painter Jake Lee. He has been recognized as artist of the year by the National Wildlife Art Show at Kansas City and by the Wildlife Heritage Show at Minneapolis. The Easton Waterfowl Festival gave him a 20-year exhibition medallion.

Raedeke also was selected from a national search for inclusion in the National Wildlife Federation Show at Washington, D.C. While he was at the Capital he staged a one-man show for members of Congress Cannon House Office Building. Raedeke has painted official duck stamps for the states of Georgia, Iowa and Kansas. He has been given Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year recognition in Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Ohio and Oklahoma. Anheuser-Busch recently commissioned Raedeke to paint the World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales in a wildlife setting. As a life sponsor of Ducks Unlimited, Raedeke has donated 63,000 prints and 131 original paintings, generating approximately $5 million dollars for wetland restoration projects.

Now in its 28th year, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is the largest wildlife art and nature event in the nation, attracting 35,000 to 40,000 people annually. This year’s expo is Feb. 12-14, 2010. To vist the expo web site, click here.

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