Appointed 2016-2017 Artist in Residence
At Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City - OK, USA
The Skirvin Hilton Hotel is pleased to announce Mike Wimmer as its fifth artist-in-residence.
Wimmer, an accomplished illustrator and painter from Oklahoma, will work from the historic
hotel’s studio space for one year to showcase his artistic talents.
Born and raised in Muskogee, Okla., Wimmer earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the
University of Oklahoma in 1983 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Hartford University in
Hartford, Conn. in 2009, where his emphasis was illustration.
Wimmer’s artistic work has its own acclaim. From the cover art for Disney's Lion King Soundtrack
and telephone book covers, to full-color, full-page advertisements for some of America’s largest
corporations including RJR Nabisco, Procter and Gamble’s Mr. Clean, Huggies Diapers and
packaging for Celestial Seasons tea box covers, his work can be seen everywhere. He is best
known for his children's illustrations, which grace the covers of more than 200 books and fill the
pages of almost a dozen more. Wimmer has over 40 paintings depicting historic subjects in the
Oklahoma State Capitol.
Wimmer currently serves as the Distinguished Visiting Artist and Gallery Director for the
Oklahoma City University School of Visual Arts, where he develops young minds using his life goal
and personal motto – “Learn it, live it, teach it.” He serves on the board of the Oklahoma Art in
Public Spaces Oversight Committee and the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature
Museum in Abilene, Texas among others.