The Jefferson City Art Club is proud to select Rodney Burlingame as their featured artist for the month of October.
Many of you may remember the AMC TV series "Mad Men," starring Jon Hamm. The term mad men referred to the advertising professionals working in New York City on Madison Avenue. While Burlingame didn't actually work on Madison Avenue, he did spend his 30-plus year career working as an art director in Boston at various advertising agencies, then later as a freelance professional serving a number of his own clients. Some of his previous clients included Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pepsi Cola, Harvard University, CVS and John Hancock Insurance.
During the early days in his career, Burlingame sometimes accepted freelance assignments to create line illustrations for various clients such as (the now defunct) Zayre Corporation. His simple black and white line drawings appeared in Sunday newspaper circulars in cities and towns up and down the east coast for their 1,200-plus store chain, which was similar to today's Walmart.
Now retired from the high-pressure hustle and bustle of agency politics and deadlines, he prefers a simpler life of painting with acrylics. Originally from Columbia, Burlingame has created more than 200 works of art ranging from cityscapes to portraits. He has been featured in several local publications, including Jefferson City News Tribune, the Columbia Daily Tribune, VOX Magazine and Columbia Magazine .
To date, Burlingame has won nearly 50 local awards including Best of Show as well as First, Second and Third Place. A painting of Harry Truman entitled, "The Buck Stops Here," was chosen as one of the "Missouri Top Fifty" paintings to be on display in the 2021 Fine Art Exhibit at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.
You can see Burlingame's painting entitled, "Serving Nearly Everyone for Over 100 Years" at the Jefferson City Art Club's Professional Art Exhibit, which opened Thursday at the Capital Arts Gallery and runs through Oct. 27.
Leann Porrello is the cultural arts specialist with the Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.