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Ohio Northern’s Professor Emeritus selected to show work at “Collectively Independent Sculpture in the Gardens”

August—Judith Greavu, associate professor of art emeritus at Ohio Northern University, is one of four artists to have been selected to exhibit work at the Schedel Arboretum and Gardens’ Collectively Independent Sculpture in the Gardens.

The exhibition, located in Elmore, Ohio, is organized to both compliment the gardens and the art. In this 12th annual sculpture exhibit, artists from the Midwest region have been invited to participate. This year’s curator was Professor Shawn Morin from Bowling Green State University.

“The work in this exhibition represents all four of the primary methodologies related to the art and practice of sculpture,” explained Morin. “Addition, subtraction, manipulation and substitution are the very core from which all other sculptural works live and breath, and have their being.”

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 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. Last year, ArtSpace/Lima celebrated her career during a retrospective exhibit held at the Ellen Nelson Gallery.

Schedel Arboretum & Gardens is an oasis of rare beauty on 17 acres of land where nature, colorful gardens, and sculpture are united. The gardens were begun over seven decades ago by Joseph and Marie Schedel. What began as a labor of love eventually became a wonderful regional resource. Today, the public comes to Schedel Arboretum & Gardens to enjoy the exquisite landscape designs of the upland and lowland gardens. These landscape designs were first started by Joseph Schedel when he designed the Japanese garden in the 1950s.

The Schedel Arboretum and Gardens is an operation of the Joseph J. and Marie P. Schedel Foundation. The Arboretum and Gardens is dedicated to preserving and improving this legacy from Joseph and Marie Schedel. It is funded by income from the Schedel Foundation, memberships, donations, grants, and special fund-raising events.

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 as one of the best creative programs nationwide in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers.” For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.