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Judith Greavu

Sculptor
Home 10550 Bixel Rd. County: Allen
Bluffton Ohio 45817 United States
Home Phone: 419 250 0221 Website: http://judith.greavu.com

Bio

Judith Greavu      

                                        10550 Bixel Rd, Bluffton, Ohio 45817

                                         judith.greavu@gmail.com        419  250 0221

                                          B.S. in Art Education, Ball State Teacher’s College           

                                          M.F.A. in Painting,  Bowling Green State Univ., 

                                          Retired from Ohio Northern University Dept. of Art, 

                                                        Ada, Ohio,1985-2005  as Associate Professor of Art

 

Public Commissions:    Public Art Sculpture Purchase, Tri Bio, 2018, Ocala, Fla.

                                         Current Forces, Bowman-Oddy Sciences Bldg.,  Univ. of Toledo,  Bronze and Fused Glass, 10’x15’x5′                                

                                        Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio, Mathile Science Center 2009,  Everglades Alligator

                                                      Copper Strap and Copper Screen.  9.5’

                                        Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay, Ohio,  2008, Contemplative Circle, Bronze and  Fused Glass                

                                                                                                                                  Helix Prism, Bronze and Glass Prisms

                                        Tiffin University, Tiffin Ohio,  River of Change, 9 ‘ site related bronze installed May 2001

                                        University of Florida Medical Entomology Lab., Vero Beach, Fla., site related bronze, Nov. 2             

                                        Inniswood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, Columbus Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio, site

                                                  related bronze installed June 1987, with support from Audubon Society and Ohio Arts Council

                                        Gallup Park, Ann Arbor, Michigan Metro Park,  Bronze Landform Drinking Fountain, 1987 

 

Recent Invitationals:  Beyond Nature’s Realm, Duo Show, Bluffton Univ., Fall 2020        

                                        Springs Sculptures, Jane’s Art. N. Smyrna B.Fla. 2020

                                        100 Sculptors, 100 Sculptures, Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, Michigan, 2017

                                         Deland Museum of Art, 2013-2015,   Deland, Fl, Sculpture Walk                                    

                                         Kingsport Sculpt. Walk, Tenn. 2017-2018

                                         Collectively Independent, Schedel Garden Sculpture, 2012-2014  Elmore, Ohio

                                         Millennium Sculpture : Concept, ,Craft, Tradition and Trends, Bowling Green State University,  2011            

                                          American Gallery, Sylvania, Ohio, Vessels, Nov, Dec, 2010   American Gallery, OutsideInside, 2009

Retrospective:               ArtSpace Lima,  Lima, Ohio  2011

 

Recent Juried Exhibits:  Indiana Univ., Kokomo, Outdoor  Sculpture, 2021-23

                                             Rosemary Beach, Fla,  Sculpture Ex, 2021-202

                                             Trouble in Paradise, Janes Art, New Smyrna, Fla., Apr. 27 to June 30, 2021

                                             Ohio St. Fair Fine Arts, Ohio Arts Council Award, 2018 Juried Exhibitions

                                            Indiana Univ., Kokomo, Outdoor Sculpture, 2018-20

                                            Sculpture Walk, Deland, Florida, 2016, 2017, 2018/19  

                                            At the Surface, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, Mo.  2017

                                            Florida Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, 2018, Lakeland, Fla.

                                           Ohio State Fair Fine Arts, 2017, Hazen – Taft Award and Peoples’ Choice Award

                                           Wassenberg June Show, 2021 Sara Green Award,      2017,Wassenberg Center Award,     

                                          ArtSpaceLima, Spring Show 2017, Best of Show       

                                          ArtSpaceLIma, Photography Show, 2017, First, Plants                                                                           

                                          Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, 2016-2017, Ocala, Fla.

                                         Rosen Sculpture Exhibit, 2012-13, Appalachian State Univ., Boone, N.C.                 

                                         Florida Outdoor Sculpture Ex.,, Polk Museum,  Lakeland, Winter Haven, Fla., 2012 to 2013 

                                         Eastern Kentucky Univ. Chautauqua Exhibit, 2012                     

                                         Midwest Sculpture Initiative, 2011 – 2020, Tecumseh, Michigan,  Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, Mich.,                                                                                    

                                                            Fenton, Mich., Bellville, Mich.,  Canton,Mich., Port Huron, Mich., Lancaster, Oh.,

                                                           Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson,  Mich., Univ. of Toledo, Oh.,  Owens Comm. College 

                                        Spineless Wonders – Invertebrates  as Inspiration, Univ. Southern Maine,   September, 2009

                                        The Feast, Pittsburg St. U. , Pittsburg, Kan.  Feb,  2009 

 

 

 

 

April 2007,  Artist in Residence in the Everglades National Park, Florida

 

 

Artist Statement

Although my graduate work was mainly in painting, there was almost equal time spent in sculpture activity and those experiences, especially casting bronze, determined the direction my work would take after grad school.

I built and operated my own foundry at my home for many years before directing my efforts toward establishing a foundry at Ohio Northern University so that the thrilling experience of pouring molten bronze could be shared with many young artists.

Much of my sculpture work was in cast aluminum and bronze. For the last several years I have combined fused glass or kiln cast glass with the bronze.

All the work has been inspired by nature so organic shapes and textures dominate. The expression can be representational or abstract but a natural sense of stance or movment is always a part of the work. There is usually a water connection in the work whether in ocean subject matter, reef life or tidal pools, or a focus on the geology of natural fresh water springs. Even my landform sculptures hint at or explore the way water has shaped the forms. Textures play a large role in the aesthetic dynamics of my work. I hope viewers want to touch the work and feel the excitement of the tactile contrasts.

My sculptures are the result of a melding of an intensely full life, a passion for water related experiences, a respect for the intrinsic qualities of the materials of copper, bronze and glass and a need for visual aesthetic order.

The sculptures of the last few years have focused on expressing the wonder of Florida’s natural fresh water springs. I grew up with these springs and have recently renewed exploring them. The colors of the waters, the quality of underwater light and the wooded surrounding environments all thrill me.

The spring waters emerge through layers of geologic history. The corals of ancient seas and the remains of other sea creatures form the limestones through which the waters flow. On top of those limestones are the leftovers of ancient forests and the animals that lived in those forests. This information is explored in the sculptures. Also hinted at are the environmental threats that are changing the water. Agricultural and lawn fertilizers and pest control chemicals leech through the limestones and pollute the water. These threats make my need to honor and celebrate the springs even stronger.

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