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Ohio Northern Professor Emeritus is finalist in national outdoor sculpture competition

ImageJune—Professor Emeritus Judith Greavu, associate professor of art from Ohio Northern University, is a winner of the 26th Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition in Boone, North Carolina. She was one of ten finalists who were chosen from a total of 37 artists with a total of 58 separate entries.

The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition is a national juried competition presented annually by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on the campus of Appalachian State University. Made possible by the generosity of longtime arts supporters Martin and Doris Rosen, this national, juried competition continues a long-held tradition of showcasing the best of large-scale, contemporary American sculpture.

Each year, 10 sculptures are selected for exhibition, and are situated in outdoor, public settings across campus. A cash prize is awarded to the artist whose work is chosen as that year’s Rosen Award winner. Since its establishment in 1987, The Rosen has become an integral part of An Appalachian Summer Festival, the university’s annual multi-arts celebration.

“My sculptures develop from a form and gesture vocabulary that started to build when I moved to Florida as a 7-year-old child,” explained Greavu.  “The nature investigations have continued and currently focus on Ohio pond life, including microscopic forms, and tide pools of coastal Northern Ireland and Donegal, Ireland, as well as reinvestigated Florida forms.”

She said, “The sculptures often do not directly represent animals or plants but do catch the gesture and spirit of bio forms.”

“The complex lost wax bronze casting process becomes an important part of expression in the sculptures,” said Greavu of the undertaking. “Although I pour wax into traditionally pulled molds from full scale plaster sculpture models, I also like working the wax directly through flattening and folding as well as pinching and pushing. That manipulation can give a tactile jolt that is directly translated into the bronze that is poured into the refractory molds from which the wax has been melted.”

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.

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. 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. Last year, ArtSpace/Lima celebrated her career during a retrospective exhibit held at the Ellen Nelson Gallery.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic designand studio arts. 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 and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized as one of the best creative programs nationwide in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers.” For additional information about the department of art & designor the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the departmentat 419.772.2160.

image:Trojan Ocarina;silicon and bronze