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Project Category: Artists

Matthew Reinhart

Matthew Reinhart

Matthew Christian Reinhart was born September 21, 1971 to Gary and Judith Reinhart in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The son of a farmer, his father Gary joined the Navy and so the family moved around the country, from Florida to Texas to Illinois to California to Virginia and then South Carolina. Judith and Matthew followed along,...

Mike Wohnoutka

Mike Wohnoutka

Ever since Mike can remember he knew he wanted to be an artist. His dad, who was an engineer at the Hiway Department, would bring home reams of paper that had hiway plans on one side and were blank on the other. He would be so excited to have all that paper to draw on...

Don Wood

Don Wood

I was born and raised on a farm in the great Central Valley of California. It is one of the most fertile farming areas in the country. We raised peaches, sweet potatoes, almonds, grapes, and oranges. My father ran the farm, and my mother was a very popular elementary teacher at a small rural school...

Melissa Sweet

Melissa Sweet

Melissa Sweet was born in 1956 in Wyckoff, New Jersey. She explained, “This classic, suburban neighborhood had lots of kids, kick-the-can games on summer nights, and Percy’s candy store right nearby. Later she attended Endicott College and Kansas City Art Institute. She began illustrating children’s books in 1986 and has now illustrated more than forty...

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