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Sculpture by noted artist Scott Stearman added to Olivet campus

Posted: May 22, 2014


With the gift of this sculpture by Scott Stearman (center), Dr. and Mrs. Ed Nash (left) hope to remind all who see it of God’s redeeming love for the world. (With University President John C. Bowling at dedication ceremony)

“For God So Loved the World,” a work by sculptor Scott Stearman of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was dedicated at Olivet as part of the 101st Commencement weekend activities. It is installed near the east entrance of the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel.

“This sculpture and other public works of art installed on Olivet’s campus provide an avenue through which the University makes a symbolic statement about who we are, both to ourselves and to those who visit the campus,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “They also represent the growing commitment to add significant works of art to our University landscape in order to portray our values in a very tangible and public way.”

The Stearman sculpture is a gift from alumni Dr. Ed '66 and Mrs. Judy (Goodman) '66 Nash, who met while they were students at Olivet. Dr. Nash grew up on the Olivet campus while his father, the late Dr. Forrest Nash, was the pastor of College Church of the Nazarene.

Dr. and Mrs. Nash have devoted their lives in service to Christ and His kingdom. Currently, Dr. Nash serves as the district superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene’s Kansas District. Mrs. Nash is a member of the Olivet Nazarene University Foundation Board of Directors.

With the gift of this sculpture, Dr. and Mrs. Nash hope to remind all who see it of God’s redeeming love for the world.

Inspired by the well-known passage of scripture from John 3, “For God So Loved the World” is an image of Christ and the world. The bronze globe represents the world, and the figure of Christ stands behind. He touches it tenderly with His hands, and His expression is kindness, care, concern and prayer.

Scott Stearman began sculpting in the early 1980s. His works, centering primarily on the themes of the military and faith, grace the buildings and/or grounds of Knox Rescue Mission, Knoxville, Tenn.; Celestial Seasonings, Boulder, Colo.; Church of the Nazarene International Headquarters, Kansas City; City of San Marino, California; Word Entertainment, Nashville, Tenn.; and a host of other locations across the country.

He has also created works to honor award recipients, war veterans, deceased loved ones, distinguished alumni and others. One of his favorite pieces to create is the challenge coin, which he presents in a handshake to express gratitude to a member of the military.