The success of the art programs at Lourdes can be seen firsthand through the College's alumni who are excelling in the field. Whether working for community organizations, in a school setting or as independent artists and exhibitors, Lourdes art alumni are truly making their mark.

Rachel Biel ('07, BA, Art)
Toledo Museum of Art
Educational Resources Coordinator

Also a member of the Toledo Museum of Art team, Rachel serves as Educational Resources Coordinator, working with school teachers throughout the region, helping them encourage students to get excited about the arts. In her role, she also assists in scheduling school tours, facilitates teacher workshops and manages TMA's Resource Center for Educators – a library for teachers housing approximately 1,500 items including discover boxes, books, videos and more.

When asked what she misses most about her time spent at Lourdes, Rachel says, "I really miss being in the studio, though that is not the only part I miss. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every class – I'm a nerd, okay, I've made peace with that."

"It was always easy to make friends at Lourdes because the students really supported one another," she adds. "In fact, I made some of my best friendships there."

Rachel attributes her success in part to the endless encouragement of her instructors. "I remember Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak, OSF (retired Assistant Professor of Art) telling students in an art history course that our ability to create sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom – it gives us our 'human-ness'" recalls Rachel.

"I think about this often, particularly when people say, 'Oh, I'm not an artistic person... I could never do that.' Everyone has creative abilities – it just takes time and effort to discover your talents. The instructors at Lourdes helped me find mine."

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