Visual Arts Graduate Shares Talent with Toledo Excel Students

Visual Arts Graduate Shares Talent with Toledo Excel Students | UToledo News

Toledo Excel students from Group XXXV participated in a special artistic immersion project last month as part of the Career and Leadership Institute.

The project was led by Lydia Myrick, a visual arts major from the University of Texas at May and a graduate of the Toledo Excel program, who was asked to share her talents with a group of high school sophomores.

Peyton Sawyer, a sophomore at Toledo School for the Arts, paints flowers on a T-shirt at the Toledo Excel Art Project on main campus.

Returning to Toledo Excel and working with young scientists heading to the University of Toledo was special for Myrick.

“It was a surreal experience; it all came full circle because I remember my first day at Excel, sitting in the classrooms,” she said. “Now imagine I’m sitting on the other side of the desk, giving instructions. I’m grateful for that opportunity.”

Toledo Excel is a scholarship program that has been providing a pipeline for talented high school students from across Toledo to attend the University of Toledo for nearly 40 years. The Careers and Leadership Institute aims to connect students to a variety of careers in business, STEM, the arts and more. The art project was the brainchild of Assistant Director Belinda Wheeler, and three large canvases created by students will hang in Toledo Excel Director David Young’s offices, which also serve as the program’s conference room.

“I was excited to see what these brilliant students would come up with, and I love the finished product,” Young said. “One of the goals of our program is to produce strong scholars, and we believe that means a well-rounded student. This art project with an amazing graduate like Lydia is the perfect way to do that.”

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