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Oklahoma Illustrator Panel 
Sponsor: Public Libraries Division

Date: Tuesday, April 25
Time: 7:50-8:50 am
Location: Salon H

Session Description: 
Join some of Oklahoma's own illustrators as they share their insights on how they became an illustrator, what is unique for illustrators in the publishing world, what they are working on and advice for aspiring illustrators.


Hannah E. HarrisonHannah E. Harrison ( is an award-winning illustrator whose first book, Extraordinary Jane, received three starred reviews, was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, and received the Oklahoma Book Award for Illustration. She lives with her family in Oklahoma.

Mike WimmerMike 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 Distinguished Visiting Artist and Gallery Director at 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. Together they have 4 children and one grandchild.

Mike has been featured in an Emmy Award winning production of the television series “Gallery” which runs on OETA. 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.

Christopher Nick was born and raised in rural Oklahoma and received his formal art training at the Atelier LeSueuer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The Atelier school system is based on the curriculum of training the artist in the tradition of the old masters.  Mr. Nick's training descends directly from the 17th century artist Jacques-Louis David.

Amanda SalisburyAmanda Salisbury came to her artistic life in a roundabout way. With degrees in history, law, and business, she worked in corporate law for several years before returning to her true loves: words and lines. Her best stories are created through the lenses of her education and experience, giving each story its own political undertow, while her illustrations evoke the basic elements that symbolize home, comfort, and room to grow. Having taken art classes only in high school, Amanda continues to study artists and to explore her own style, returning often to ink and pencil. Amanda is the author-illustrator of Moon Mail and Star Kisses, published by Anaiah Press in 2015. She lives on the red planet of Oklahoma with her husband and boys in a lair, a classroom, or a castle, depending on the moment. 

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