“It was the most abstract thing I’d ever done,” Mikayla said, studying her vibrant assortment of shapes and textures.
But when she received one of the top honors at a congressional art show in Toledo this past month for the piece, her art teacher, Mike Beuglass, wasn’t exactly surprised.
“Everything Mikayla does is top shelf,” Beuglass said. “She doesn’t do anything halfway”
Mikayla, 17, received the commercial design award at Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District Invitational Art Exhibition, hosted by the Arts Commission in Toledo.
In addition to a $100 prize, Libbey Inc. featured a design inspired by her artwork on a small number of glasses, all distributed to her family and Perkins High School.
Libbey Inc., based in Toledo, is the largest glass tableware manufacturer in the U.S.
The award is comparable to placing third overall among about 60 pieces of artwork.
Perhaps even more impressive: This was the first year Perkins High School entered the art competition.
“It was a complete surprise” Mikayla said.
Mikayla’s award-winning piece is untitled. It features an array of intricate, colorful designs based on real-life objects, and she created it using colored pencils and watercolor paint.
Libbey Inc. plucked a part of the design featuring earthtoned polka dots and woven lines and placed it on clear glassware.
“Watching her put the designs, colors and shapes together was an exciting process, but to see it translated onto glass was really the cherry on top,” Beuglass said. “We’re all thrilled that she won, and she certainly earned it”
As she maps out her future plans, Mikayla said she’s definitely considering a career in the arts.
The award from Libbey Inc. not only increased the high schooler’s confidence, but it also opened her eyes to art-related careers many people don’t consider, including commercial art design, she said.
Her family seems to think the potential plan is a no-brainer.
“I believe in enjoying what you do, and she’s always loved art,” said her mother, Kendra Schweck. “She has a real talent, and it’s also her creative outlet. We’re all very proud of her”
Mikayla is the daughter of Kendra and Robert Schweck and lives in Perkins Township. She is also involved in swimming, Aquatones and National Honor Society at Perkins High School.