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ONU announces four finalists for sculpture competition

Jan 3, 2007

Ohio Northern University has announced the four finalists who will compete to create a large-scale bronze sculpture that will honor the university's founder, Dr. Henry Solomon Lehr. The four candidates who were selected are: Tad R. McKillop of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Ron Dewey of Cleveland, Ohio; Mike Major of Urbana, Ohio; and Dr. Judy Greavu of Dola, Ohio.

Tad R. McKillop, a visiting professor of art at Hillsdale College, received his masters of fine arts from the Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Michigan Artists Group Show Merit Award in 2001 and Viewers Choice Award at the Great Lakes Regional Art Exhibition. His collections include Rivergod, The Village of Jonesville, Sauk Theatre Sculpture and the Tenbroek Memorial at the First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Ron Dewey operates Light Sculpture Works in Cleveland and has been creating bronze works for 24 years. He has created such works as "Lumbering Era" installed in Ludington, Michigan and "Governor Cox," for Cox Communications in Atlanta.

Michael Major has created monumental sculptures in bronze for public and private collections across the country. In Ohio, he served as the first artist-in-residence for the Ohio Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts. The Ohio state legislature and the Ohioan Library honored him recently for his outstanding contributions in the field of art to the state of Ohio. Some of his notable works include portrait sculptures of Woody Hayes, Jackie Robinson and Vince Lombardi. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota recently unveiled an eight-foot monument of its founder, Mother Alfred Moes that was sculpted by Major.

Dr. Judy Greavu, was an associate professor of art at ONU from 1985-2005. She is a working professional artist who has been making bronze sculptures since 1963. She has received numerous honors for her work that has been exhibited throughout the state of Ohio.

The ONU Lehr sculpture committee will review the finalists' submissions and a final decision for the commission will be made on February 1, 2007.

The sculpture will stand in the round garden that is positioned on the sidewalk that runs between the new state-of-the-art James F. Dicke College of Business building and the historic Hill building erected in 1915.

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