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Derek Walker, Cleveland School of the Arts

Notable: Selected by artist Robert Wyland to help refresh the “Whaling Wall” visible from the East Shoreway on the side of Cleveland Public Power. Has his own T-shirt business. Featured on Fox 8’s “Kicking It with Kenny” for a mural he painted at CSA.  

High school resume: 

  • Visual arts major
  • Graduating with 3.5 GPA
  • Took Advanced Placement English for two years, pre-calculus

Plans for the future: Will attend the Cleveland Institute of Art. Plans to operate a fashion design business.

Challenges faced: Balancing AP classes with time spent on art

Who deserves the most credit for his success? His family for supporting him through highs and lows. And for providing him with art supplies.

Quote: “I challenge artistic normalities and social normalities. I want to implement a new perspective in my artwork.”