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Notre Dame College Receives Gift of Sculpture from Prominent Clevelander
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Prominent Clevelander Donates Original Sculpture to Notre Dame College

Notre Dame College has received one of its first gifts of original sculpture.

Prominent Clevelander Maury Feren at age 97 has made the College the benefactor of a smooth, undulating 16-inch replica of a mountain in coral and white variegated alabaster bearing the inscription “Reaching for the Top at Notre Dame College with President Andrew P. Roth.”

Much of the surface of the sculpture features gentle organic curves, but one area shows the rough markers of the sculptor's chisel─purposeful imperfection symbolic of the opportunities and challenges inherent to institutional growth and leadership.

 “Mr. Feren has achieved a visual and tactile delight in his sculpture,” said Rachel Morris, associate professor of fine arts. “I like the contrast between the glossy sheen of the stone and the dull rough texture left by the chisel. I especially like that you can rotate the sculpture on its pedestal thereby allowing the work to be viewed from many angles. It is a delightful accomplishment that will be enjoyed by many in the years ahead.”

Feren presented the sculpture to the College at a recent luncheon attended by Morris, Dr. and Judy Roth and Chief Communications Officer Brian Johnston.

A well-known produce, wine and cheese expert; author of three books; entrepreneur; radio and TV personality; public speaker; lover of art, music and theater; and decorated WWII veteran (and French Legion of Honor Awardee), Feren also has donated sculpted pieces to prominent organizations including University Hospital's Seidman Cancer Center, Montefiore, Park Synagogue, the Jewish Community Center and The Gathering Place.

A permanent home on campus for Feren’s sculpture will be determined in the near future.

Feren first became acquainted with the College and Dr. Roth as a participant in the “Books that Changed the World” literary series for the last two years andis ready to sign up for his third.