The University of Toledo and The Arts Commission recently announced Mackenzie Anderson as the first recipient of the Young Artists at Work Alumni scholarship.
Anderson is a former youth apprentice who is scheduled to begin her post-secondary education at The University of Toledo College of Arts and Letters in fall 2021.
Anderson’s first year in the Young Artists at Work program, 2019, was spent working on large-scale dog portrait paintings that are now housed at Lucas County Canine Care & Control. In 2020, she worked with a team that developed the photo essay project at The University of Toledo Lloyd A. Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center.
She also has worked on creating mosaics at the Frederick Douglass Community Association under the direction of local artist Gail Christofferson.
When asked about her experience, Anderson said that she looks forward to applying and expanding on the skills she learned in Young Artists at Work to her studies at The University of Toledo.
In support of Young Artists at Work, the Department of Art offers two annual scholarships for the program’s alumni. Applicants who meet the College of Arts and Letters requirements and declare art as their major can apply for one of two scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each. Students interested in any of the majors offered by the Department of Art are eligible to apply.
The portfolio and application are due in January 2022 and the scholarship will be awarded for the following fall term.
The University of Toledo offers a bachelor’s and a bachelor of fine arts in visual art, and degrees in studio art, art education and art history. Located in a building adjoining the internationally known Toledo Museum of Art, the Department of Art houses large painting, printmaking and ceramics studios, the Axon Lab (a new fabrication space) and a complete casting foundry, as well as cutting-edge technologies and software.
Students learn from professional artists and scholars who bring their knowledge into their classrooms. Internships, cross-disciplinary investigations and individualized engagement with faculty and peers represent only a few of the opportunities offered by this department.