Fredricks Sculpture Museum’s upcoming exhibition celebrates the art of inclusion


SAGINAW — The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley State University presents a new exhibit, “Mosaic: A Collective Art Experience,” opening to the public July 16 and running through August 27. The expo schedule is aligned with Disability Pride Month in July and the 32n/a anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

“Mosaic” celebrates artists of all backgrounds and abilities who make their mark. Every piece included in this show is equally important to the overall visual impact. Just as every little piece of a mosaic is needed for the final image to fit together, we need multiple ways of thinking and creating to make this initiative a success.


“Artists with disabilities are often underrepresented in galleries, and we believe that needs to change,” said Megan McAdow, director of the Marshall M. Fredericks Museum. “This exhibit aims to highlight the diverse talents of people with disabilities, not only in Saginaw, but in our surrounding communities.”

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to show my work,” said Colleen Dolan. “I love making art because I don’t like to be bored and it gives me purpose in my day.”

The museum is already working with the Disability Network of Mid-Michigan and several other organizations to connect with artists to be included in the exhibit. Museum staff lead workshops at the Museum and in the community around the creation of new works of art. The works will be hung “living room style” – mounted floor to ceiling throughout the gallery to create a large mosaic.

Each work will be created using a 16 inch by 20 inch canvas provided free of charge by the museum. The museum can also provide various art supplies and then it is up to the artists to decide what other mediums they choose to use to create their works. Before the exhibition opens, individuals can pick up their canvas and supplies at the museum during regular opening hours – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Groups interested in art supplies and/or workshops should call Museum staff to schedule their visit at 989-964-7096. The deadline to submit works for inclusion in the exhibition opening is July 1. Visit MarshallFredercks.org/mosaic for more details and to complete a registration form.

During the course of the exhibition, visitors will also have the opportunity to create their own works of art at the museum and be added to the gallery installation. This “collective artistic experience” is accessible to everyone, including families and friends. An online version of the exhibit will improve accessibility with options to submit artwork digitally for inclusion in the virtual exhibit. Entrants can also submit works through the Museum’s social media pages to be added to the Museum’s website.

The museum will hold an opening event to celebrate this exhibit and Disability Pride Month, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 and will include music, refreshments and a collective art activity. The event is free and all are welcome.

The Marshall M. Fredericks Museum of Sculpture is located on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University, 7400 Bay Road, University Center. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Free entry. For more information, call 989-964-7125 or visit www.marshallfredericks.org.

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