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Prof. Judith Greavu Selected by the Midwest Sculpture Initiative To Install Two Bronze Sculptures this Spring

Judith GreavuThis past spring, it wasn’t just flowers blooming on two campuses in the Toledo area. Two new outdoor sculptures, created by retired Ohio Northern Professor Judith Greavu, have been installed for the Midwest Sculpture Initiative.

The Midwest Sculpture Initiative (MSI), founded in 2004 by artist Ken Thompson, was formed to provide innovative exhibitions that feature outdoor sculpture. MSI’s mission was to provide outdoor sculpture exhibitions throughout the Midwest, promote cooperation among art and civic organizations, advance the role that the visual arts play in the quality of life and increase economic development.

On the first exhibition site, the University of Toledo, Prof. Greavu was selected for the 4th annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Judy’s “Bird of Paradise” (bronze, 13'6 x 3'3), is located outside Rocket Hall. According to Judy, this sculpture is an organic form that emphasizes energy and power.

To have been accepted, Judy first submitted her entry to the Midwest Sculpture Initiative. Then, the entry was presented to the UT Campus Beatification Committee, which chose the pieces that would be featured on the campus.

All artists received a stipend for their sculptures, which will remain in their current locations for the next year. This exhibit was funded by the UT Campus Beautification Committee.

Dr. Steven LeBlanc, associate dean in the College of Engineering and chair of the Campus Beautification Committee, said, “Anonymous donors have provided funds for us to purchase several of the sculptures so that they can stay at UT.”

Another of Professor Greavu’s sculptures was selected for the Midwest Sculpture Initiative, but this time at Owens Community College.

The Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Owens in Toledo had such a positive response that Owens decided to hold the entire show over for another year. The work will remain on campus through May 2010.

Judy’s sculpture, “Arts Spirit” (bronze, 7'x3'x3'), is located near the campus gallery, north of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

All the sculptures, including Judy’s two outdoor sculptures, are on loan by the artists. After the exhibition season is over, the sculptures can be purchased to remain on site or be relocated.

Prof. Judith Greavu received her MFA from Bowling Green State University and taught at Ohio Northern University from 1985-2005. She is a professional artist who has been making bronze sculptures since 1963. Having recently retired from ONU’s department of art & design, Judy spent April of 2006 in an artist’s residency in the Florida Everglades. She has exhibited regionally and nationally, including The Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Ohio and completed large sculpture commissions at the University of Florida, Tiffin University and the Inniswood Botanical Gardens in Westerville, Ohio. She has received numerous honors for her work throughout the state of Ohio and the country.

images: “Arts Spirit” (bronze, 7'x3'x3') and “Bird of Paradise” (bronze, 13'6x3'3)