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Saginaw Valley State Ilniversity
7400 Bay Road, Llnivcrsity Center MI 48710 Volume: IX Issue II: Summer 2014
Museum attendance grows significantly
With a strategic planning charge to increase Museum visitation through better marketing and heightened awareness,
we are pleased to report that the overall number of visitors to the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum has
increased seventy-seven percent since 2007. In fiscal year 2014, the Museum weicomed 17,760 visitors, 3,732 more
than the previous year.
We believe this year's increase in visitors is attributable, in part, to enhanced marketing throughout the region and
the state, greater quality and diversity of temporary exhibitions, and increased K-l 2 educational programs.
Attendance is not just about numbers, but about all of the programs and events that a museum offers. It's also
about the opportunity to bring the arts to a wider and sometimes new audience. We have worked hard-and many
of you have supported our efforts-to reach schools whose students have never been to the Museum; communities
outside the Great Lakes Bay Region; targeted groups of people who have an interest in Marshall Fredericks in particular
or sculpture in general; and the SVSU community of faculty, staff and students.
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qæellrii 1 “ I The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum will host its tenth annual
_ äpl? ' . _ V M j” " gala benefit Saints, Sinners 8. Shenanigans on Friday, Sept. 26.
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“ l *f . V”. . , l v . ,. This year's event takes on an Irish theme and features Irish music,
r i I il' Gaelic dancing, and an lrish Pub afterglow. "The event is going to be
. l i , 'i _ fantastic, " said event co-chair Madeline Burke. "The Irish theme is
i _ LSÅINTS, incredibly fun and will make for a memorable night for everyone who
" “ ' " j . s » attends. "
1 KUN* zâ/ “CP 17' Saints, Sinners 8. Shenanigans includes a silent art auction and a live
'- “ *Vm- 1, JL. _, _'_, '_ g . "_⁄ auction hosted by Midland auctioneer Mike Furlo. More than 40 regional
l År. . _, ,;51 , 9; 26 V4 artists have donated a work of art for the auction with proceeds
luigl , *' . *l I A 4 supporting exhibitions and educational programs at the Museum.
The event will showcase an Irish-themed menu that includes carved
leg of lamb with mint jelly, Guinness braised short ribs, potato crusted salmon with seafood chowder, and a platter of
popular pickled foods such as cabbage, beets, and baby potatoes.
Sponsorship at all levels offers the opportunity to be a presenter of a work of art from an online list of fabulous
Contact Laurie Allison at IjalIiso@svsu. edu or 989-964-7082 to purchase tickets for the event or to get information on
how you can become a sponsor.
Sponsors when this newsletter went to print include:
Title Sponsor Karolyn and Craig Goslin Don and Liana Bachand Michigan Pipe and Valve
The Dow Chemical Co. Patti and Dave Kepler Bierlein Companies Inc. Susan and Peter Morley
Benefactors Bill and Nancy Lamb Bob and Sue Bloenk Morley Foundation
Bill and Sue Vititoe Craig McManaman, D. O. Braun Kendrick Thomas W. Payne
Patrons Pumford Construction Fablano Brothers Bob and Jane Rogers
Bradi and Brent Boyce Mervyn and Avril Roundtree Don B. Gill Jr. , The Gill Spence Brothers
Denis and Madeline Burke SC Johnson 8. Son, Inc. Group - Morgan Stanley SVSU Office of Academic
Consumers Energy Odail and Mamie Thorns Barbara Heller Affairs
Episcopal Diocese of Wildfire Credit Union Roger and Judi Hill SVSU Office of The President
Eastern Michigan Supporters F. P. Horak The H Hotel
Carl Fredericks Dave and Kathy Abbs Lucy Horak Tri-Star Trust Bank
Garber Automotive Anonymous Labadie Auto Saginaw Bay Underwriters
Harry and Konnie Gill
' Director's Corner
l Marilyn L. Wheaton
f 75 '“ ' Creating an exterior entrance into the Museum was a part of our 2007-2012 strategic plan. It was a long
e; (T, time coming, but well worth the wait. Our goal in building the Jo Anne 8. Donald Petersen Sculpture
“> , (' l. Garden and entrance was to design a public space where people can restfully walk and enjoy
“l r« Marshall Fredericks's sculptures that are strategically placed along Winding walkways. We also wanted
#1; j to create for visitors an awareness of the artist's bronze sculptures that would in turn prepare them for
/ the large body of plaster molds and models they would see once they entered the Museum from the
garden. Additionally, we believed that an exterior entrance on the north side of the Museum would be a welcomin
entre for SVSU faculty, staff and students traversing the campus on the east/ west parallel.
A ceremonial ribbon cutting and dedication took place on May 2, 2014. More than one hundred friends and
supporters attended the event and enjoyed the sculpture garden while they walked between the rain drops.
l am proud to say that this is yet another of our strategic goals that has been accomplished. It is the generosity of
many of you, our friends and supporters, who made this possible. Thank you.
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Strategic planning made possible with an Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundations grant
Thanks to a $7,500 grant from the Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundations, the Museum is bringing in Simone Joyaux,
one of the nonprofit sector's most thoughtful, inspirational and provocative leaders to facilitate a strategic planning
process with the board and staff. The outcome will be a new five-year plan.
A strategic plan is the most effective element of the governance of a non-profit organization. lt is the roadmap for
the director/ CEO, board and staff. lt is referred to as daily decisions are made and, when successfully executed, the
resulting agreed upon mission, vision and strategic steps unite the organization and shape its public face in the
community. lt is the guiding structure and the engine that drive progress toward the important shared outcomes at the
center of an organization's activities.
The importance of a transparent mission and vision for the Museum continues to be at the core of every outreach
and on-site educational program, exhibition, acquisition, Conservation project, and collaboration with SVSU and its
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Transparent. Illusory. Shadowy. Words to describe Korean artist's work
"The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum is excited to be exhibiting the works of Korean
artist Seungmo Part< featuring his meticulously cut MAYA (meaning "illusion" in Sanskrit) imagery
V) _, and aluminum wire wrapped sculpture forms, " noted Marilyn Wheaton.
T, ” “r Seungmo Park, Meticulously Snipped 8. Wrapped opens at the Museum Sept. 26 and runs
i ' through Dec. 6, 2014.
i- i According to Park, the MAYA are created by layering slightly out of line and separate sheets
; i of wire mesh. After sketching the outline of the image on to the mesh, he cuts through the layers
Å 'f y to varying depths to create more or less density of wire cross hatching which, when lit from behind,
[j " i results in images that may look transparent, illusory,
Using a process that could be the new definition of
meticulous, Park creates giant ephemeral portraits by
cutting layer after layer of wire mesh. Each work begins with a photograph,
which is superlmposed over layers of wire with a projector, then using a
subtractive technique, the artist slowly snips away areas of mesh. Pieces are
several inches thick as each plane that forms the final image is spaced a few
finger widths apart, giving the portraits a certain depth and dimensionality
that's hard to convey in a photograph.
The works shown here are from the artist's "Human" series where he
recreates the delicate wrinkles and folds of clothing as well as the sinuous
muscuiature of the human body in metallic layers reminiscent of tree rings. He
also sculpts bicycles, musical instnJments, and other forms as part of his "Object"
The Fredericks Family Foundation recently gifted the Museum
a casting of Young Knight, which is now on permanent
display in the Sculptor's Studio. Originally cast for Ottawa Hills
High School in Grand Rapids, the sculpture depicts a kneeling
knight in armor with his sword on the ground gazing upward in
thanks for victory in battle.
Commissioned by the high school's class of 1948, the
sculpture is a memorial to the fifty-one alumni who perished
during World War II. The students held fundraisers and worked
odd jobs to raise the funds necessary to finance the sculpture.
Dedicated on Annistice Day 1949, "Young Knight" originally
stood in a black marble niche in the school's main corridor.
Recent efforts by members of the class of 1948 have led to the
placement of a plaque crediting Marshall Fredericks as the
sculptor on the memorial.
From the Archives _ :
Update on Digitization Project _'°. _°. _§ | NST| TUTE I
ln September 2013, the Museum received a '-30 0 c
$25,296 Museums for America grant to support "$03.50 MUSEUMandl-lbrarl/
collection stewardship activities from the _. ° : å sERl/ 'CES
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). o
This grant is enabling the Museum staff to
digitize 815 of Marshall Fredericks's project drawings to make them widely available
for research and education.
To date, all 815 drawings have been scanned and uploaded to the existing digital
collection. Project staff is presently engaged in creating metadata for all of the
drawings and will soon begin updating the finding aid for the collection. Once the
project is completed in September, the images can be viewed at
http: //omeka. svsu. edu/ .
This 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 IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 Iibraries
and 17,500 museums. The mission of IMLS is to inspire Iibraries and museums to
advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.
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IHFSNI BOARD OF ADVISORS
Andrew Bethune - Sagirlaw
Madeline Burke - Cass City
Kelly Fabiano - Freeland
Carl NL Fredericks - Cardiff, CA
Chris Fredericks - Charleston, SC
Rosalind C. Fredericks - New York, NY
Roz Fredericks - Brighton
Suzanne (Suki) Fredericks « Leicester, VT
Konnie Gil] - Bay City
Barbara Heller - Birmingham
Deborah Huntley - Saginaw
James Jaime - Bay City
Gary Labadie - Bay City
Nancy html: - - Midland
Talesia Mitchell - Lansing
Emie E. Paulick - Bad Axe
Dawn Domke Pumford - Midland
Bob Rogers - Bay City
Avril Roundtree - Pigeon
Odail Thorns - Saginaw
Donna Vansteenhouse - Midland
Sue Vititoe - Grosse Points Farms
Isabelle Weiss - Detroit
HONORARY BOARD MIZMBIZR
Marilyn L. Wheaton, Director
Lmlrie Allison, Senior Secretary
Melissa Ford, CA Archivist
Geoffery Haney, Registrar
Andrea Ondish, Curator of Education
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New Board Members
Deborah Huntley is Provost and Vice
President of Academic Affairs at SVSU.
Prior to her current position, she was
Dean of the College of Science,
Engineering and Technology. Deborah
and her husband AI live in Saginaw.
Nancy Lamb was appointed director
of Corporate Media Relations in April
20t 2 to lead Dow Chemical
Company's media relations program
with top-tier and trade media, while
serving as an enterprise-level
spokesperson. In July, 2013 she was
named to her current role in Michigan
Operations. Nancy resides in Midland
with her family.
2014 Summer Art Camps
Summer art camps at the Museum were attended by 55
children ages 8-18. Thank you Johnny Burke Children's
Foundation, Josephine Ondish Scholarship Fund, Ernie
Paulick, Avril and Mervyn Roundtree, Dan Veresh and Sara
Clark Scholarship Fund, and Sue and Bill Vititoe for the
Scholarship funds. See photos of the students and their art
work at http: //goo. gI/ lp9ny6.
Honoring the memory of a dear friend
Alma Williams Gilmore Doud was 90 years
of age when she passed away on May l,
20t 4. Alma served on the Marshall M.
Fredericks Sculpture Museum Board of
Advisors from 1996-2012. She also served
on the SVSU Foundation Committee, where
she and her husband Richard Gilmore
established the Gilmore-Williams Fund,
which has benefited the Museum over
many years. Alma's gorgeous smile and
indelible laugh will long be remembered.
Plein Air Art Cruises
How can you learn about Plein Air
Art? Of course, it would be to
create artwork in an outstanding
outdoor setting and in this case on
a sail aboard the Appledore lV on
the Saginaw river and bay. With a
grant from the Michigan Council
for Arts and Cultural Affairs and in
partnership with artists from the
Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture
Museum and Studio 23, The Arts
Center, BaySaiI will integrate art
and nature cruises on August 13,
20, 27 and Sept. 3. Participants
ages 8 and up will learn about Plein Air Art making while
enjoying a cruise in a natural setting. At the conclusion of
the cruise, participants will finish their artworks at Studio 23,
90t N. Water St. in Bay City. Learn more about this unique
program by visiting http: //www. baysaiIbaycity. org.
Sept. 26, - Dec. 6, 2014
Seungmo Park, Meticulously Snipped 8. Wrapped exhibition
Sept. 26, 5:30 - 11:00 p. m.
Saints, Sinners 8. Shenanigans gala
Dec. 10, 2014 - Jan. 17, 2015
Creative Cardinals lnvitational exhibition
Jan. 24 - May 16, 2015
l9th and 20th Century American and European Figurative
Bronze Sculpture exhibition
May 24 - Aug. 30, 2015
Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams
June 9, 2015
Lecture. Sam Mihara will speak about what happened to
Japanese Americans who were removed from their homes
and sent to internment camps, 1942-1945.
Bay Area Community Foundation
awards grant to Museum
Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the
Bay Area Community Foundation,
the Museum will mount an exhibition
of art work from several collections
- in the Great Lakes Bay Region. The
exhibition, i9th and 20th Century
American and European Figurative Bronze Sculpture, will
open at the Museum on Jan. 24 and run through May 16,
2015. The 37 bronze sculptures that have been curated for
the exhibition are in private, college, and museum
collections in Bay City, Midland and Saginaw.
"We rely on philanthropic support for our programming.
including exhibitions, " noted Marilyn Wheaton, museum
director and exhibition curator. “The Bay Area Community
Foundation's gift gives us the opportunity to bring
important works of art to a public venue where visitors
can observe and examine the work of sculptors from two
continents over more than a century. This exhibition is
particularly special insofar as all of the exhibition content
resides within the Great Lakes Bay Region. That's
something of which we can all be proud. "
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