The Paseo Arts Association has announced Mike Wimmer has been selected as the Skirvin Hilton Hotel's fifth artist-in-residence. Wimmer, an accomplished illustrator and painter from Oklahoma, will work from the historic downtown Oklahoma City hotel’s studio space for one year to showcase his artistic talents.
Born and raised in Muskogee, 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 in a wide array of places.
The 2016-17 Skirvin artist-in-residence 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 more than 40 paintings depicting historic subjects in the Oklahoma State Capitol, according to a news release.
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.
Formally known as the Skirvin Paseo Artist Creativity Exposition, or SPACE, the residency is a partnership between the historic downtown hotel and the Paseo Arts Association, which developed the artist criteria and manages the formal selection process.
Launched in 2012, SPACE is modeled after a program at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, which, like the Skirvin, is owned by Marcus Hotels and Resorts. Wimmer will be creating artwork in the Skirvin's airy studio space on the first floor of the hotel.
As previously reported, Gayle Curry, the outgoing Skirvin artist-in-residence, will open an exhibit of the work she created during her SPACE time from 6 to 9 tonight at Kasum Contemporary Fine Art, 1706 NW 16 in the Plaza District. To read my feature on Curry during her time at the Skirvin, click here.
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Mike's Latest collaboration with Frank Keating, "Abraham" is scheduled to be released in February and is already getting good reviews.
Frank Keating takes you on an ultimate tour of Abraham Lincoln’s life from boyhood to presidency in this biography, which includes stunning paintings by award-winning artist Mike Wilmer that bring the sixteenth President of the United States to vivid life.
To say Abraham Lincoln came from humble beginnings is an understatement. He was born in a Kentucky log cabin with a packed-dirt floor, rough slab roof, and leather-hinged door. He went barefoot for most of the year and wasn’t expected to amount to much. But reading was everything to him and his free time was consumed by books. Abraham Lincoln read furiously, studied law, and knew that hard work was his only path to making a change in the world. When he ran for the presidency, he stood for unity—one people and one land. He brought freedom to all citizens, ended slavery, and made the country whole again.
This visual tour de force is based on historical documents and chronicles Honest Abe’s life from boyhood to his extraordinary leadership position as the sixteenth President of the United States of America.