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.

Jennifer Bandeen ('06, BA, Individualized Studies – Art)
Toledo Museum of Art
Community Gallery Manager and Community Outreach Coordinator

As Community Gallery Manager and Community Outreach Coordinator with the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA), Jennifer designs and organizes the museum's community gallery space, partnering with artist groups in order to fill the exhibition schedule and highlight area artists.

"One of the cool projects I worked on involved working with the girls at the Lucas County Juvenile Detention Center," shares Jennifer. "I gave a presentation on Italian figurative artist Amedeo Modigliani and showed them ways of creating self-portraits using his artistic style.

"Once they completed their portraits, I had them framed and installed in the gallery. The girls were so excited to see their work in the Museum," she says.

Jennifer also serves as Community Outreach Coordinator for TMA. "I've had the privilege of working with organizations that represent the under-served, under-privileged and under-represented," she notes. "Many of the people I work with have never had a chance to create their own art or even visit the museum."

This year, her role took an exciting turn when TMA launched a bead-making workshop series called "The Bead Goes On."

"Our goal is to collect 10,000 handmade beads created by members of the community," says Jennifer. "Once we collect the beads, they'll be strung on a large metal curtain structure. The end result is a community-created work of art!"

Jennifer can also add author and illustrator to her list of professions, having recently completed her first children's book.

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