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Prof. Judith Greavu Installs Work Funded by Canton Downtown Development Authority

Judith GreavuA road in the city of Canton, Michigan has earned a reputation for traffic jams, diverse restaurants and strip malls. Now, sculptures have been added to improve this area, the Ford Road Corridor.

Professor Judith Greavu, a retired sculpture professor from Ohio Northern University, has been selected to install a bronze sculpture, “Arts Spirit.” In total, eleven new sculptures were added to Canton’s bustling retail corridor, bringing temporary, outdoor public art near places such as cinemas, hotels, and retail stores.

The latest effort marks the fifth such exhibit in Canton’s ongoing series of temporary exhibitions. The city’s Downtown Development Authority provides funding from tax dollars generated in the Ford Road corridor and designated to promote the economic vitality of the special district.

“It looks wonderful,” said David Griffin, a managing partner for a local, family owned funeral home. “We’ve had just a marvelous response when people come into our funeral home.”

The sculptures highlight Ford Road. “I think it’s refreshing,” added Griffin. “It’s our main road, it’s traveled by most, and this gives it some class.”

The public sculptures come courtesy of the Canton Downtown Development Authority, which partners with the Canton Cultural Commission’s public art committee to add artistic flair to busy Ford Road.

“These temporary displays help strengthen the presence of the arts in our community,” DDA Coordinator Kathleen Salla said. “By enhancing these public spaces with dynamic pieces, we hope to illustrate that art is not limited to galleries and museums—and can add to an already vibrant district.”

The DDA commissioned the Midwest Sculpture Initiative to install the eclectic collection, comprised of sculptures available for purchase. Last spring, Judy’s “Arts Spirit” sculpture was on temporary loan to the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Owens Community College in Toledo.

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.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Arts Spirit, bronze, 7'x3'x3'