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Original oil painting

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Florence, Colorado

Background and experience
Board of Directors, Fremont Center for the Arts, 1992-1998

Owner of Sagebrush Gallery 2004 to present

BA from Western State College in Gunnison
Art educator in public schools for six years
Commercial artist for twenty years

Galleries and Stores

Gunnison, Colorado
Sagebrush Gallery, Florence, Colorado 2003 to present
Blue Spruce Gallery; Florence, CO 2001-present

Juried Shows and Awards

Paint the Town, Florence, COlorado 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
"Nines", a group show at the Fremont Center for the Arts 2005
Fine Art show, Pueblo State Fair 2008
Salute to Southern Colorado Artists, 2009
Miniature show, Blue Spruce Gallery 3rd place 2009
Purchase Award, Sangre de Cristo Center
Purchase Award, Profession Bull Riders Association
Purchase Award, Fremont Center for the Arts

Artists Statement

The portrayal of colorful cowboys, critters and the western
countryside fill Rudl Mergelman's portfolio. Rudl's work captures the true essence of the
contemporary American West. His palette is bright and vivid, and his knowledge of the
cattlemen and wildlife is evident in the authenticity of his work.

Rudolph "Rudl" Mergelman is the descendent of two Colorado pioneer ranching families. He
was raised in the heart of the cattle country of Western Colorado and worked on many
ranches where he had the opportunity to ride and punch cows on the open range. He still
spends time on friends' places, gathering reference material and enjoying the company.

Rudl is represented in the permanent collections of the Fremont Center for the Arts in Canon City,
Colorado and the Sangre De Cristo Center in Pueblo. Recently one of his paintings was selected as
the inaugural piece for the art collection in the Professional Bull Riders Headquarters.
Rudl was selected as the official artists for the National Versatility Ranch Horse Association.
He is frequently requested to instruct workshops and invited to participate in art exhibits
throughout the Southwest.

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