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Two Ohio Northern Professors Emeriti exhibit at American Gallery

October—After retirement, professors usually have time to indulge in their work. In the case of two Ohio Northern University professors emeriti, life has never slowed down.

Profs. Bruce Chesser and Judith Greavu recently have been selected for an exhibition at the American Gallery located in Sylvania, Ohio. The show, “School’s Out,” features work from nine retired art teaches and professors from around the region. The exhibit opened Oct. 19 and continues through Nov. 19. Gallery hours are Monday and Saturday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–6p.m. and closed Sunday. Admission is free.

The American Gallery represents many local and regional artists from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. Owned and operated by Toni Andrews, the gallery hosts special monthly exhibits by regional and national artists. The American Gallery also owns a small collection of work that includes paintings, prints, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, fibers and a large offering of studio glass from the area. Many pieces in the collection, and in the exhibit, are for sale.

Prof. Chesser specializes in contemporary interpretations of traditional functional ceramics. He retired from Ohio Northern University where he taught ceramics for over 30 years and served as chair of the department of art & design for 12 years. Previously, he taught at Ohio University, Athens. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in fine arts from OU and has participated in more than 100 juried, invitational and one-person art shows. Prof. Chesser also conducts numerous workshops and lectures on salt-glazing and raku pottery.

Prof. 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.