My favorite public sculpture in Ohio was made by my husband, Jim McWilliams, for the Oxford Community Park during Oxford's bicentennial celebration a few years ago. It is my favorite sculpture because I understood for the first time what goes into the content, design and giving a large scale sculpture its final form. It created a much larger picture for me to witness this firsthand, to see the technical approaches, the functionality and the engineering of the manifestation of the design into form.
We are both art teachers and artists, and it is always a complex dynamic to witness an idea coming into fruition, but this was such a major undertaking that I felt grateful to just be a part of the process.
Jim teaches art at Talawanda High School in Oxford, and I teach art at Hollingsworth East Elementary School in Eaton.
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On December 2, 2014, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced the agency's fall 2014 grant awards for the first round of Art Works, as well as Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowships in Poetry. Grants totaling $552,000 were awarded to 23 artists and arts organizations throughout Ohio.