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Sculpture Donated to Cedarville University

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Sculpture Donated to Cedarville University

An outdoor sculpture focusing on the fall of humanity was recently donated to Cedarville University. Titled “Opened Eyes,” the sculpture represents the biblical account of Genesis 3, where Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened to the results of disobedience. The work was generously donated by sculptor and Cedarville University trustee Dr. James DeVries of Grand Rapids, Mich. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

September 27, 2006

Cedarville, Ohio-An outdoor sculpture focusing on the fall of humanity was recently donated to Cedarville University.

Titled “Opened Eyes,” the sculpture consists of a bronze figure lying in sorrow with head in hands alongside two bitten apples. The sculpture represents the biblical account of Genesis 3, where Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened to the results of disobedience. The work was generously donated by sculptor and Cedarville University trustee Dr. James DeVries of Grand Rapids, Mich.

“We are grateful Jim has chosen to share his gifts with us,” shared Dr. Bill Brown, president of Cedarville University. “We are blessed to enjoy the work of an artist committed to both excellence and truth.”

A member of Cedarville’s board of trustees since 1997, DeVries is a recognized business leader in the medical industry. He holds more than 70 patents for his work in the bioengineering field. He worked on the first commercial heart-lung machines and artificial kidneys as well as the continuous flow blood cell separation systems used for leukemia and cancer treatment.

DeVries has received numerous recognitions and awards, including the 1992 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the State of Michigan in the high technology class and the 1993 Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Small Businessperson of the Year Award. He was elected to the VanAndel Medical Hall of Fame in 2000.

DeVries began sculpting in 1998. His original casting of “Opened Eyes” is on display at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich.