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Ohio Northern Professor Emerita selected for sculpture initiative

September—Professor Emerita Judith Greavu, associate professor of art at Ohio Northern University, has been selected for the 8th annual Midwest Sculpture Initiative in Toledo. “En Garde!,” a 110-pound bronze casting, was installed in Ravin Plaza on the University of Toledo’s Centennial Mall.

Numerous entries were submitted for consideration to the Midwest Sculpture Initiative. The UT Campus Beautification Committee reviewed the submissions and selected the works that were installed.

“This is the seventh consecutive year that the Campus Beautification Committee has sponsored the sculpture exhibition,” said Dr. Steven LeBlanc, executive associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Engineering and chair of the Campus Beautification Committee. “Nearly 70 pieces have rotated through the campus display over the years. Twelve of the pieces that were brought to campus as part of the rotating exhibit have ended up as part of our permanent artwork collection, either through purchase by campus benefactors, colleges or departments.

“We are very proud of the history of this exhibition and are pleased to focus our efforts on the continuing beautification of the UT campuses for the benefit of students, staff, faculty and prospective students alike.”

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.

Greavu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in art education from Ball State University and a Masters in Fine Arts 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 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. 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.

Founded in 1871, Ohio Northern University is a competitive, comprehensive university affiliated with the United Methodist church. ONU is one of the few private universities to offer a distinctive blend of nationally ranked liberal arts and professional programs in its five colleges.

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: En Garde!, bronze, 4' x 3' x 2', 2010