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Ohio Northern Professor Emeritus has work installed at Museum of Florida Art’s sculpture walk

July—The work of Judith Greavu, professor of art emeritus at Ohio Northern University, was recently selected to install “Arts Spirit” at The Deland Sculpture Walk at the Museum of Florida Art in Deland, Florida. The towering outdoor work evoked a dancing spectacle that suggested influences of Henry Moore and Louise Bourgeois.

The piece, over seven feet tall, was cast in bronze in 1989 and installed this past May in Florida.

An official opening event will be held in October at the Museum’s sculpture walk.

The DeLand Sculpture Walk is a collaborative effort with The City of DeLand and the Museum of Florida Art offering established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their sculptures throughout the heart of beautiful downtown DeLand, Florida. The artwork changes biennially, revealing a variety of artistic styles through the use of concrete, aluminum, stainless steel, PVC, bronze, copper and other materials.

When visiting the sculptures, smart phones can be used to scan the QR codes or by dialing (386)626-2179 for an audio presentation.

The Museum of Florida Art is an interactive non-profit community visual arts museum dedicated to the collecting, preservation, study, display and educational use of the fine arts. In addition to the permanent collection, the Museum is host to several rotating exhibits, gallery talks and receptions, educational programming, master artist workshops and special events throughout the year.

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, served as the gallery director and advisor to the Kappa Pi art honorary, and participated on many university committees.

Greavu’s works have been shown in numerous venues around the country. She has presented from Michigan to Florida and throughout Ohio, including Polk Museum Outdoor Sculpture Competition, The Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Ohio, the Everglades National Park, and the Midwest Sculpture Initiative. She was 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. She also was a winner of the 26th Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition in North Carolina. 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. In June 2011, ArtSpace/Lima celebrated her career during a retrospective exhibit held at the Ellen Nelson Gallery.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, 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 with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-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, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is 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 2013–14 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: “Arts Spirit” (bronze, 7'x3'x3')