Mike Wimmer was born in Muskogee, OK and received his BFA from the University of Oklahoma and had the opportunity to study with Don Punchatz at The Sketch Pad Studio in Arlington, TX. Mike Later completed his MFA at the University of Hartford in Hartford, CT. Mike currently serves as the Chair of the School of Visual Arts in the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University. He currently lives in Edmond, OK with his wife Jime, an Art Educator at Edmond Memorial High School.
He has produced artwork for some of the largest corporations in the world, including Disney, Proctor and Gamble. RJR Nabisco, Kimberly Clark, and has had the honor of painting the portraits of some of America’s most prestigious citizens. His work has recently been seen on packages of Celestial Seasons Teas, and has painted some 300 covers for almost every major publisher in the United States.
Mike has illustrated many children’s books and book covers. Among them, “Theodore”, written by Frank Keating was released in January of 2006 and received a starred review in the MARCH 2006 ISSUE OF SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL. Theodore has also received reviews in Kirkus, review December 1, 2005 and Publishers Weekly, favorable review, January 23, 2006. “Stealing Home”, written by Robert Burliegh, published by Simon and Schuster, 2007. The book has received two starred reviews from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, December 2006, and the January 2007 STAR REVIEW. “The Trial of Standing Bear”, written by Frank Keating, published by The Oklahoma Heritage Foundation, 2008; was awarded the SPUR Award by the Western Writers of America in 2009. “One Giant Leap”, written by Bob Burleigh, published by Putnam Penguin Philomel Books for Young Readers, 2009 and was voted as a 2010 NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book. “Pilgrim’s Progress”, written by John Bunyan and reedited by C.J.Lovik, published by Crossway Publishing, 2009. He recently launched his new book “George”, written by Frank Keating and published by Simon and Schuster, on George Washington’s 280th birthday celebration at Mt. Vernon on Presidents Day February 20, 2012.