Piehl painting part of Minot rodeo artwork series

Local artist Walter Piehl’s painting of a bullrider and the bull, “Why Not Minot”, and prints of that painting are raising funds for the Minot Family YMCA’s Triangle Y Camp near Garrison.

This is the second year the Minot Y’s Men’s PRCA Indoor Rodeo has commissioned artwork of the rodeo’s events, said Paul Christensen, a member of the rodeo committee,

Andrew Knudson, a Towner artist, started the rodeo’s artwork series of events last year with a self-portrait of a bucking bronc rider.

Piehl is an art professor at Minot State University. His painting is named for the bucking bull “Why Not Minot” and is part of his American Minotaur series featuring bulls and bullriders.

Stock contractor Harry Vold used “Why Not Minot” to advertise the Minot rodeo and the bull was in the rodeo, an event now in its 59th year.

Artwork will be done by various artists over the next five years until the rodeo series is completed, Christensen said.

Piehl’s painting will be auctioned Wednesday evening at the State Fair Center in Minot during the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event. Piehl will be there to sign frameable prints of the painting. Prints also will be for sale at the rodeo Thursday through Sunday at the State Fair Center.