Donn Gerry Ziebell

Donn Ziebell

Title: Artist
Location: Lake Barrington, Illinois, United States

Donn Ziebell, Artist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in portrait artistry.

Successful metallurgical engineer, artist and prolific author are a few of the professions to which Dr. Ziebell can lay claim. He initially obtained a Bachelor of Science in metallurgical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology before earning a Master of Business Administration in finance and marketing, with distinction, from the University of New Haven in Connecticut. Dr. Ziebell continued his education with a Doctor of Philosophy in cross cultural management from Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Ziebell’s pursuit of the doctorate in 1990 intersected simultaneously with his reception of approvals from Moscow’s Russian Ministry of Education and the KGB to present business seminars in the Soviet Union. His seminar series was to be held in Gorky, an exile city for political prisoners and inaccessible to foreigners in the Russia. Without holding a internal travel visa, he was driven 250 miles to Gorky and his experiences formed the basis of his 2017 book, “Gorky, Russia; First Man In: Memoirs From Being The First American Allowed Inside Russia’s Closed Exile City.” Dr. Ziebell has additionally authored “My Letters to a Prisoner I Had Not Met,” “Conceal Carry; Pause,” and “Click-Click Klein,” all of which are available via Amazon.

As an innovative engineer who accrued several decades of experience in the profession, Dr. Ziebell obtained a patent in 1972 by inventing a permeable support for fluidized beds. In 1983, he and his team worked with Keebler, the baked goods distributor, and over the course of three years produced an automated machine that packed irregularly-shaped home-baked cookies. In addition, Dr. Ziebell worked at solving metallurgical problems within aluminum, nuclear fuels and fiber metal industries before retiring from the industry in 2002.

Dr. Ziebell is now renowned as an artist. He has dedicated 50 years to developing a portfolio of 51 oil paintings, many on oversized canvases, many of which can be seen on “A Blue Ball in Kabul” won the Purchase Award in a Illinois National exhibition. The Director of the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery gave Third Place to his “Pencil L Hunter with his Missing Hat” in a Winston-Salem National exhibition juried by the director of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. His 7ft x 5ft painting “400 Split Rails for One Yard of Cloth” was dedicated into the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois in 2021.

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