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2013 A Look Back
2013 A Look Back
Our friends and supporters made 2013 an amazing
year at the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum.
•We celebrated the Museum’s 25th year of providing
exceptional programs and experiences to the public.
•The Museum was awarded accreditation by the American Alliance of
•More than 14,000 Museum visitors enjoyed the work of Marshall
Fredericks as well as four temporary exhibitions.
•Six summer art camp sessions made 54 third grade through high
school students eager to learn more about making art.
•A beautiful sculpture garden was created and an exterior entrance
was completed so that visitors have a total aesthetic experience of
outdoor and indoor sculptures.
•The Museum’s traveling exhibition, Sketches to Sculptures,
Rendered Reality: Sixty Years with Marshall M. Fredericks, continues
to attract new audiences around the state and beyond.
Preserving the Legacy of
Marshall M. Fredericks
We are grateful in recognizing early commitments to the
Preserving the Legacy of Marshall M. Fredericks Campaign
● Jo Anne & Donald Petersen
for naming of the Sculpture Garden
$50,000 to $100,000
● Sue & Bill Vititoe
$25,000 to $49,900
● Consumers Energy
● Chris Fredericks
● Glenda and Gary Labadie
● Jane and Bob Rogers
$10,000 to $24,900
● Liana and Don Bachand
● Madeline and Denis Burke
● Kelly and Jim Fabiano
● Lois and Gene Miller
● Matt and Dawn Pumford
● Avril and Mervyn Roundtree
● SVSU Academic Affairs
● Mamie and Odail Thorns
● Donna and Chris VanSteenhouse
$5,000 to $9,900
● Maggie and Bob Allesee
● Suzanne (Suki) Fredericks
● Konnie and Harry Gill
● Marilyn Wheaton and Paul Duffy
$2,500 to $4,900
● Andrea and Andy Bethune
● Carl Fredericks
● Barbara Heller
● Ernie Paulick
$1,000 to $2,400
● Laurie and Mike Allison
● Irene Stare
● Gary Wasserman
$500 to $950
● Rosalind (Rozy) Fredericks
● Roz Fredericks
● Linda and Seymour Geiersbach
● Peg Tallet & Peter Myks
Memories of World War II
Memories of World War II, Photographs from the Archives of THE
ASSOCIATED PRESS attracted WWII veterans from as far away as
Indiana and Ohio, many of whom shared their stories and
memories of the war. Everyone learned more about America’s
involvement in the war through the 126 Associated Press
photographs in this exhibition.
FEBRUARY Centuries of Progress,
American World’s Fairs 1853 - 1982
Marshall Fredericks received two commissions to
create works of art for New York World’s Fairs, in
1939 and in 1964. Many visitors to the exhibition
recalled with fondness their personal excursions
with family and friends to World’s Fairs.
MARCH Susan Bandes Lecture
Susan J. Bandes, professor
of art history at Michigan
State University, lectured on
the lost remnants of
American World’s Fairs. The
lecture was in conjunction
with the Centuries of
Progress: American World’s
Fairs, 1853-1982 exhibition.
APRIL Accreditation Awarded
The Museum was awarded accreditation from the American
Alliance of Museums. This means the Museum meets National
Standards and Best Practices for U.S. museums and joins a
community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves
publicly accountable to excellence.
APRIL Lightness of Being,
New Sculpture, Howard Ben Tre’
The Howard Ben Tré exhibition was organized by Habatat
Galleries, Michigan’s foremost glass art gallery. It traveled to the
Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City and the Marshall M.
Fredericks Sculpture Museum.
APRIL University Awards Banquet
The Museum staff nominated
Marilyn Wheaton to receive the
SVSU 2013 Outstanding
Achievement Award, which she
was awarded at the SVSU All
University Awards dinner on April
19. Congratulations Marilyn!
APRIL Relaxation Night
The Museum’s Students for the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
planned and coordinated a campus-wide relaxation night on April 26.
With final exams nearing, the Museum hosted approximately 50
students who enjoyed yoga and art activities, such as coloring,
Perler beads, Zen gardens, and rubber stamping.
APRIL History Day
The Historical Society of Michigan hosted History
Day State Finals for students in grades 4-12 on
Saturday April 27 at SVSU. The Museum
provided a drop-in art activity and scavenger
hunts to attending students and visitors. Over 269
people attended the Museum that day and about
50 participated in the drop-in art activity (some
displayed here) from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Melissa
Ford, Archivist, was a judge this year.
The groundbreaking event for the new
sculpture garden and exterior entrance on
May 10 was a huge success, attracting
over 100 people. Thanks to everyone
MAY North Oaks Corvette Club at
18 members of the North Oaks Corvette Club of Oakland County, Michigan
enjoyed a tour of the Museum on Friday, May 31.
MAY Kids Discover Art Day
More than 270 K-12 students and teachers participated in Kids Discover Art
Day at the Museum on May 7. Thanks to grant funding from Meijer, Inc. and
the Jury Foundation, the Museum awarded transportation subsidies of up to
$90 to six schools. Students came from Hampton Elementary School and Bay
City Public Academy in Bay County; Christ Lutheran School, Marshall Greene
Middle School, Nouvel Catholic High School, and St. Stephen’s School in
Saginaw County; Bad Axe Middle School in Huron County; and Reese
Elementary School in Tuscola County.
JUNE Summer Solstice Artists’ Market
Eight Museum gift shop
participated in the Summer
Solstice Artists’ Market.
JUNE Art Workshop at MMCM
Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum
Visiting Artist program
Curator of Education Andrea Ondish
and four SVSU art majors were
visiting artists at the Mid Michigan
Children’s Museum from May to
August. The art workshops they
taught were on Marshall Fredericks
and additive sculpture, cartoon art,
super hero character design, Ted
Harrison and colorful landscape
painting, and ceramic art.
JUNE Visitors from Taiwan
student staff, tours
Taiwan visitors in
During the year the
many visitors from
and they are often
treated with a visit
to the Museum.
SUMMER New Entrance and
Monday, May 13 is the day yellow construction tape went up and
large amounts of dirt started to be moved. Within a few months,
the Museum’s first exterior entrance and a beautifully designed
sculpture garden would be completed.
On May 15, Black Elk, Homage to the Great Spirit arrived on a
flatbed truck and was installed. Black Elk is the last commission
Marshall Fredericks received before he died in 1998 and is on
long-term loan from Scott Seligman to SVSU and the Museum.
Botanical beds were created, sculptures were moved, sidewalks
were laid, and on Oct. 4 guests who came to the Saints, Sinners
& ’63 gala were the first to experience the new garden and
There will be a formal dedication on May 2, 2014.
Clockwise from top left:
Beginning construction on
new entrance, Sculpture
garden under construction,
frame for new entrance
Clockwise from top left: New sculpture garden walking paths,
Glass installed on new entrance, Planting the sculpture garden.
Clockwise from top left: Otter Fountain, Black Elk installation,
Three Clowns installation.
JULY Latino Folk Tales: Cuentos
Populares – Art by Latino Artists
It was an opening not to be soon forgotten. The strong and
beautiful Hispanic culture of the Great Lakes Bay Region was
witnessed by many who attended the opening of the Latino
Folk Tales exhibition on July 11.
JULY Tall Ships Celebration
Museum staff and volunteers
taught scrimshaw art July 12 to
15 at the Tall Ship Celebration
in Bay City. Over 300 people
made a scrimshaw art project.
June/July Summer Art Camp
The Museum held five summer art camps for youth ages
8-18 in June and July. Fifty-four students created works in
papermaking, painting and sculpting with nature such as
Chinese Landscapes, plastic cup sculptures, cultural logo
design, Louis Nevelson found object sculpture, Linoleum
cut printmaking, Native American Masks and more. See the
following slides for some highlights of fabulous photos of
the kids making their art.
Classes were taught by SVSU art education majors Tara
Parker and Beth Hazen. The Johnny Burke Children’s
Foundation, Eric James Blair Memorial Foundation, and Jim
Jaime awarded a total of fifteen full scholarships.
Thank You Johnny Burke
The Johnny Burke
summer art camps
with a $1,630 grant to
Thank you Konnie Gill
and the Eric James
Foundation, and Jim
Jaime for providing
summer art camp
AUGUST A Wedding Proposal
What better place is there to ask
someone to marry you? Well of
course it’s the Marshall M. Fredericks
Sculpture Museum. That’s what Chris
Lawshaw did on Saturday, Aug. 10 at
2:45pm in front of Marshall
Fredericks’s The Poet: Lord Byron
sculpture that stands near the bell
tower facing the Arbury Fine Arts
Center. Chris planned the surprise
event because he and his fiancée,
Sharla Krasun, are fans of
Fredericks’s sculpture and the
aesthetic venue provided just the
right atmosphere. While reciting a
romantic Lord Byron poem to Sharla,
Chris proposed. In case you’re
wondering, she did say yes. The best
of wishes to this awesome couple!
SEPTEMBER Leaping Gazelle
Fountain at 25
SVSU President Eric Gilbertson, Marilyn Wheaton and Melissa Ford spoke
about the history of the Leaping Gazelle fountain, Marshall Fredericks
and his friendship with Honey and Ned Arbury, and the commission of
the Levi Barbour Fountain with Leaping Gazelle on Belle Isle in Detroit.
The event was sponsored by the Students for Marshall M. Fredericks
OCTOBER Saints, Sinners and ‘63
300 supporters attended the Saints, Sinners and
’63 gala and afterglow on Oct. 4. Thank you to all
who made this a night to remember.
Volunteers extraordinaire Liana Bachand and Judi Hill spent
numerous hours in the theater department workshop creating
murals for the Saints, Sinners and ‘63 gala.
OCTOBER Richard Hunt, The Art of
Chicago sculptor Richard Hunt spent 3 days in the Great Lakes
Bay Region. Over 200 visitors heard his gallery talks in the
OCTOBER Family Weekend
The Museum hosted 282 visitors during SVSU Residential Life's Family
Weekend Program on October 26, 2013. 25 youth participated in an
art making activity at the with art instructor Tara Welch.
OCTOBER Halloween Party
Students for the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum and
the University Art Gallery teamed up for a fun Halloween party on
Oct. 30. Approximately 75 students, many in costume, attended
“Spooktacular” for crafts and plenty of good food.
NOVEMBER Sketches to Sculptures,
The Museum’s traveling exhibition Sketches to Sculptures,
Rendered Reality: Sixty Years with Marshall M. Fredericks opened at
the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, MI on November 8.
NOVEMBER Veterans Day
Students for the
Veterans’ Day by
selling over 130
flags, which were
displayed in the
sculpture garden for
two weeks. Forty
percent of the
proceeds from flag
sales went to the
DECEMBER Holiday Artists’ Market
Students wrapped gift
purchases, artists were happy
selling their art, and buyers
gleefully spent money on oneof-a-kind holiday gifts.
2013 IMLS Grant
In September, the Museum received a $25,296
Museums for America grant to support collection
stewardship activities from the Institute of
Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This grant
will enable the Museum to digitize 815 of
Marshall Fredericks’s project drawings to make
them widely available for research and
Over the next year, project staff will photograph
large format drawings, scan smaller drawings,
and add these images to the existing digital
library. The project will give art scholars,
historians, students, and artists access to the
drawings for research and education, enhancing
understanding of the artist’s artistic process and
development. Digitization will also protect fragile
artistic material from excessive handling and
resulting deterioration. The project concludes at
the end of September 2014.
2013 Museum Assessment Program
This year the Museum was selected to participate in the AAM’s Museum
Assessment Program (MAP). MAP is a confidential, consultative process
that helps museums strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet
standards through self-study and a site visit from an expert peer
reviewer. The Museum participated in a Community Engagement
Assessment, a program that assessed the Museum's understanding of
and relationship with its various communities and conversely examined
their perception of and experience with the Museum.
A team of staff and board members oversaw the completion of the
assessment. In June, Deborah Borrowdale-Cox, Director of Education at
the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, spent two days at the
Museum conducting a site visit with members of the staff, Board of
Advisors, University administration and the community. Following Ms.
Borrowdale-Cox’s visit, the Museum received a written recommendations,
which staff will use to formulate goals and strategies to enhance
community outreach and form new collaborations while strengthening old
2013 Family and Justice Reliefs
In 1955, Marshall Fredericks was commissioned to design and
cast five Family and Justice bronze reliefs for the probate court
rooms in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (CAYMC) in
Detroit, where they remain today. Four of the Family and
Justice plaster reliefs were discovered in a storage area in the
CAYMC in 2010 by a staff member of the Detroit-Wayne Joint
Building Authority. Offered to the Marshall M. Fredericks
Sculpture Museum by the executive director and trustees of the
Building Authority in March 2011, the Board accepted the gift into
the Museum collection shortly thereafter.
A $12,000 grant from the Alden and Vada Dow Family
Foundations for the restoration of the reliefs made it possible to
contract with Scott Slocum, Marshall Fredericks’s long time
assistant, to restore them.
The following slides show three of the four restorations.
Justice is Served While Employing
Kindness and Compassion
A Father and Mother Teaching a
Lesson in Charity
2013 New Board Member
Avril Roundtree is a fashion and graphic
designer and a quilter extraordinaire. She
was a restauranteur in Ireland before
immigrating to the US with her husband
Mervyn more than 25 years ago. They live in
Pigeon and have two grown children. Avril is
co-chairing the Sept. 26, 2014 Saints,
Sinners & Shenanigans.
Holiday ideas from your gift shop
Leaping Gazelle polo shirts, Museum logo fleece jackets,
Motawi tiles, handmade glass, Pewabic tiles and vessels,
jewelry, and much more. Shop online
What’s ahead for 2014?
Feb. 3 – May 24
The Presidents Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office exhibition
Lecture by John Brader “The Presidents Photographer: Fifty Years Inside
the Oval Office”
Dedication of the Jo Anne and Donald Petersen Sculpture Garden and new
June and July
Summer Art Camp sessions
June 7 – September 13
2014 Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture exhibition
Saints, Sinners and Shenanigans
September 26 – December 6
Park Seung Mo Sculpture exhibition