Mimi Herbert grew up in a working class neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia. She studied drama at Syracuse University and the Art of India, Pakistan and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, before opting for a life of making art. She has lived in several developing countries, casting bronze in Calcutta, studying drawing with a Spanish drawing master in El Salvador and writing a book about the Wayang Golek Rod Puppet Theater in Indonesia. Her medium for sculpture is the acrylic sheet—folding and forming it over hot light. The nature of the plastic makes this process risky and exciting, and it requires a team of volunteer assistants. The American flag has been an on-going source of inspiration for her sculptures. She was commissioned by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. to create a 165-foot Pennant for the facade of the Corcoran for the Bicentennial. It was kept up for the presidential inauguration in 1977 at the request of the White House. Besides making sculpture, Herbert creates large charcoal and pastel drawings and monotypes. Her work is in the collections of three of the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D.C., the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga and in many private collections in the U.S. and abroad.