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Silver Medal of Honor Winner from the 106th Annual Exhibition- Don Biehn

Below- This atmospheric painting won Don a Silver Medal of Honor and the $2,000 prize that accompanied it.

"Winter Angler" Oil

Don Bieh, is trained in design, illustration and fine art at Ringling College of Art in Sarasota, Florida. During his career in commercial art, Don worked as an independent illustrator/designer in Milwaukee and San Francisco. He moved back to the Midwest and Saint Paul in the mid 1970's where he opened a graphic art studio which eventually grew to a staff of eighteen. Don Biehn Studio received multiple national and local awards from the graphics community for design, layout and illustration. Through the years, Don used fine art as a release from the busy world of advertising art. Now, painting fulltime, Don's primary medium is oil, he also works in watercolor. He has studied in the plein air school, and is now devoted to painting outside in the sub zero weather as well as the mosquito laden humidity of July. He is the recipient of these national awards in painting, Award of Excellence from Oil Painters of America. In 2011, Don’s work was named “best-of-the-best in impressionism” with the President’s Choice Award – one of only 6 primary awards in a juried exhibition of 200 paintings – from the American Impressionist Society. The artist is a signature member of the Society, and has earned the distinction of signing his work with the “AIS” initials. From Oil Painters of America the artist is a signature member of this Society, and has earned the distinction of signing his work with the "OPA" initials.

Don's work is in numerous collections and has been in many gallery and juried exhibitions throughout the United States, winning over 25 awards.

To read more of Don's accomplishments and see more of his outstanding artwork please visit his website at

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