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ONU’s Retired Associate Professor of Art Judith Greavu featured in retrospective

by ArtSpace/Lima
June
—Prof. Judith Greavu has a long history with ArtSpace/Lima. She has been juried into almost all ArtSpace Spring Shows since 1964. She has also curated exhibits for the gallery. She served on the ArtSpace Board of Trustees and on the Exhibit Committee. And she also has taught and lectured for the non-profit organization. But when Judith Greavu: A Retrospective opens on June 12, it will be the first time ArtSpace has mounted a comprehensive showing of her work.

Greavu holds a B.S. degree in art education from Ball State University and an M.F.A. degree in painting from Bowling Green State University. She taught at Bluffton University and recently retired from Ohio Northern University, where she was associate professor in the department of art & design from 1985–2005. While at Ohio Northern, she was responsible for the art education and sculpture programs.

Greavu’s work is unique and instantly recognizable: with its roots in the visual fluidities and intuitive symbolism of the natural world, it presents us with shapes, forms, animals and creatures, who, if they do not exist, might even now be evolving. She works in all media, but it is her bronze sculptures which signify her most passionate response to the watery world she perceives. These, like Guardian Egg or En Garde! which won the First Award in Spring Show 2010, are often large, highly tactile, even (it is an illusion, but one which Greavu cultivates) mobile beings, among us but obviously not of us.

All of the pieces in the exhibit, Greavu writes, “are based on drawing investigations of personally and directly experienced natural objects, events or phenomena.” She adds that, however surreal they may appear, “I have been assured by a water biologist friend that he has seen many of my fanciful forms under his microscope.”

Greavu’s works have been shown in numerous venues around the country. She has presented from Michigan to Florida and throughout Ohio, including being selected for “Spineless Wonders: Invertebrates as Inspirations,” an exhibit celebrating the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species. Locally, she constructed a fountain for the city of Bluffton, large sculpture commissions for Tiffin University and the Inniswood Botanical Gardens, and her Reef Installation was one of the works in the prestigious citywide Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize exhibition in 2010.

A major catalogue, created by Mary Ann Sullivan, accompanies the exhibit. It includes a large number of color and black and white plates, a full list of works exhibited, Greavu’s résumé, her artist’s statement, and an analytic/appreciative essay by Jeanette Wenig Drake, assistant professor of communication, University of Findlay. The catalogue was generously underwritten by Ohio Northern University.

Judith Greavu: A Retrospective will run from June 12 through July 23. An opening reception for the artist will be held at ArtSpace on Sunday, June 12, from 2 to 4p.m.

For more information on the Judith Greavu exhibit, please see the ArtSpace website.

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. 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 also recognized in the second and third editions 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 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Guardian Egg