SUU’S Art Insights to Feature
Mike Wimmer, Illustrator,
April 11, 2013
Image credit: "George with Hat 2" by Mike Wimmer, courtesy of Mike Wimmer
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah:From the historical to the fantastical, from the mundane to the transcendent, finding meaning throughout all genres and sharing them with the world is the specialty of illustrator, Mike Wimmer. This nationally-recognized artist shares his craft of illustration during Art Insights, SUU’s Department of Art and Design’s weekly lecture series, on Thursday April 11, 2013. The lecture begins at 7:00pm in the Great Hall within SUU’s Hunter Conference Center. Admission is free and the general public is encouraged to attend.
Mike Wimmer learned the business and painting techniques of an illustrator and artist in the Dallas, Texas area before setting-up shop back in his home state of Oklahoma where he’s been based ever since. Wimmer works nationally illustrating and painting in a variety of mediums, including commissioned portraits, commercial work, and children’s literature. He has illustrated many award-winning books including Train Song by Diane Siebert (1991 NCSS/CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the field of Social Studies, and a 1990 Redbook Best Book), and the popular All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan (1995 Oklahoma Book Award for Best Illustrated Children’s Book). Wimmer has also illustrated Summertime from Porgy and Bess by George and Ira Gershwin with Dubose and Dorothy Hayward (published in 1999), and Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan and reedited by C.J.Lovik (published in 2009). Successful partnerships through multiple projects have ensued with authors Robert Burliegh and Governor Frank Keating. With Robert Burliegh, Wimmer has illustrated Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh (1990 Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children), Homerun: The Story of Babe Ruth (published in 1997 and has been included on many state book award lists), Stealing Home (received two starred reviews from Publishers Weekly December 2006 and the January 2007 Star Review), and One Giant Leap (2010 NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book). With Frank Keating, Wimmer has illustrated Will Rogers (2003 Spur Award from the Western Writers Association of America), Theodore (received reviews in Kirkus December 1, 2005, a starred review in the School Library Journal March 2006, and a favorable review in Publishers Weekly January 23, 2006), The Trial of Standing Bear (2009 SPUR Award by the Western Writers of America), and George (2013 Oklahoma Book Awards Finalist). This latter book, George was released last year on George Washington’s 280th birthday celebration on Presidents Day 2012 at Mt. Vernon where Wimmer signed some 600 books over the weekend.
Although Wimmer has worked with some of the biggest publishers in children’s literature including Putnam Penguin Philomel Books for Young Readers, Harcourt Brace, Crossway Publishing, and Simon and Schuster, some of his most fulfilling experiences have come from his presentations with students. He presents to students in elementary schools and universities nationally, and he said, “I think I get more from the visits than the students do. I feel like I have found new friends every time I speak.” For more information, please visit MikeWimmer.com
Art Insightsis a weekly program hosted during the fall and spring semesters by SUU’s Art and Design faculty. Students and community members meet weekly to experience presentations and discussions by visiting artists and art educators from around the nation who share their work, insights, and attend gallery openings. Admission is free, and the general public is invited to attend.
Find beauty in the ordinary, the intimate, and the imaginative with illustrator,Mike Wimmer by attending his Art Insights presentation. For more information on the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts events, please call the Arts Hotline at (435) 865-8800, or visit www.suu.edu/arts.