Michael Wertz

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Michael Wertz is a commercial artist from Oakland who has been crafting imagery for clients since 1995. His clients include The Exploratorium, DeYoung Museum, Camelbak, Chronicle Books, the New York Times, Oaklandish, Rickshaw Bagworks, and Random House. The SFMOMA has featured his work as part of the interactive exhibition The Curious Scholarship of Dr. Bedcannon. He created screen printed posters for the Oakland Museum of California, Camper Van Beethoven/Cracker, and ALO, to name a few. He collaborated with the Oakland Museum for the exhibit "All of Us or None" and printed posters with their mobile museum during Oakland's Pride festivities. 

Wertz has several kids books on the shelves: A Curious Collection of CatsA Dazzling Display of DogsDog Dreams, and A Spectacular Selection of Sea Critters. He recently completed an ABC book about Oakland for Heyday Books, due on shelves in April 2017. 

Wertz's work has been recognized and published by Communication Arts, American Illustration, and 3 x 3. He holds a B.A. from U.C. Santa Cruz and a B.F.A. from the California College of the Arts.

Michael is a proud member of the Elsewhere Philatelic Society, an interactive fiction project set in various locations throughout San Francisco Bay Area.

Assistant Professor, Illustration
Assistant Chair, Illustration


BA, University of California Santa Cruz; BFA, California College of the Arts

Website: www.wertzateria.com