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ONU Announces Sculpture Competition Winner

Mar 16, 2007

Ohio Northern University has announced Tad R. McKillop as the sculptor who will create the large-scale bronze sculpture that will honor the university's founder, Dr. Henry Solomon Lehr.

The unveiling of the sculpture is scheduled for Oct. 6 as part of ONU's homecoming weekend.

McKillop, one of four finalists in the sculpture competition, is a visiting professor of art at Hillsdale College. He received his masters of fine arts from the Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art. McKillop 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 Tenbroek Memorial at the First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, Mich.

"The selection of Tad from such a vast pool of applicants is a testament to the artistic promise of his work," said W. Brit Rowe, Chairman of the ONU department of Art and a member of the selection committee. "The committee praised the installation proposal because it both captures the character of our founder and doesn't overwhelm the site."

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

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