Calendar of Programs & Events

The full list of Upcoming Events and Exhibitions at the Museum you won’t want to miss!


July 10 – Sept. 25, 2019

From Swords to Plowshares: World War II Metal Trench Art

Exhibition Organized by Hollingsworth Fine Arts.


July 10 – Sept. 25, 2019

WAR-TOYS: Israel, West Bank and Gaza Strip

Exhibition Toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance.

September 4

WAR-TOYS Artist Lecture with Brian McCarty

5-7 pm – Museum open late

7-8 pm – Lecture at Rhea Miller Recital Hall, Curtiss Hall

8 pm – Artist Book Signing and Refreshments


Lunch & Learn Series: 12-1:30 pm, FREE Lunch and Program

Join us for a catered lunch at the Museum and enjoy a fascinating presentation tied to our current exhibition. Tour the galleries before or after. *RSVP required for FREE lunch at least one week prior to each program.

August 14, 12-1:30 pm

Lunch & Learn: Lives and Experiences of American Soldiers in WWII

Professor Jason Szilagyi will discuss the lives and experiences of American soldiers in World War II.

August 28, 12-1:30 pm

Lunch & Learn: HomeFront Strong and Buddy to Buddy

Alison Thompson, outreach coordinator of HomeFront Strong will discuss grounding strategies and other methods to foster resilience in your day to day life. They are part of M-SPAN (Military Support Programs and Networks), a group of programs at the University of Michigan Depression Center developed to address the needs and challenges faced by service members, Veterans and military families.

September 9, 12-1:30 pm

Lunch & Learn: The Phenomenal Soldier Sculpture

Melton Harvey, Navy Veteran and Vocational Rehab Counselor/Employment Specialist at the Lutz VA in Saginaw will discuss his work with vets that led to the creation of a sculpture on view at the Museum. The Saginaw VA Homeless Veterans Program created a pilot program entitled Intensive Compensated Work Therapy. One goal of the program was to increase the interaction of Veterans within the local Saginaw Community. They focused on abstract thinking with the subject being “The Phenomenal Soldier”. It became a living memorial to those who served in the U. S. Armed Forces.

September 3, 12-1 pm: 

Offsite Program: “From Swords to Plowshares” and “WAR-TOYS”: Visual Art out of War

Curator of Education, Andrea Ondish will discuss the two current exhibitions at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum: WAR-TOYS: Israel, West Bank and Gaza Stripand From Swords to Plowshares: World War II Metal Trench Art.

  • Lunch and Learn,12-1 pm, Castle Museum, 500 Federal St., Saginaw; Open to the public, free for Castle Museum members, $1 for adults and .50 for children.


September 14, 1-3 pm – FREE Program

Art-making Workshop: Symbolism and WWII Trench Art

Join us for an educational and fun art-making workshop and gallery visiting experience. Learn about symbolism and its meanings in Trench art and create and create your own symbolism designs. FREE Program


Create & Take Saturdays: 1-4 pm – FREE Program

Pop over to the Museum for a FREE drop-in, hand’s on art activity for all ages.

August 17, 1-4 pm – FREE Program

Create & Take: Found Art Assemblage

Just like the trench art soldiers, make a sculptural artwork from found objects.

September 7, 1-4 pm – FREE Program

Create & Take: Diorama Sculpture

Create a diorama sculpture and then photograph it and share it on social media: #mfsmuseum



Sept. 16 – Oct. 4

Saints, Sinners and Spies Invitational exhibition

University Art Gallery

Preview the artworks up for auction during Saints, Sinners and Spies.


Oct. 4

Saints, Sinners and Spies gala

The annual gala that you won’t want to miss.  Great food, friends, music, art and perhaps a spy or two.


Oct. 4, 2019 – Jan. 11, 2020

Lee Sung-Kuen: Interconnections exhibition

Building a bridge between man and nature, Sung-Kuen’s work is a perfect illustration of the concept of vital energy (Qi), which is omnipresent in the artistic culture of Eastern Asia. He creates sculptures of primordial shapes that, at first sight, evoke human cells or the notion of fertility. Made out of entangled piano wires, which the artist sometimes brightens up with vivid colors; they establish a dialogue between fullness and emptiness while sustaining the resonance of their initial role. Once suspended in air, the vibrating play of light on the sculptures, and the apparent fusion with their surroundings into one symbiotic unity, bring the ovoid shapes to life.

Curated by Kate Shin.


Oct. 4, 2019 – Jan. 11, 2020

Susanne Stephenson, Transfigurement II, exhibition

Susanne Stephenson has been an important contributor to the field of ceramics for six decades. She received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. The recipient of many awards, she has exhibited around the globe and her work may be found in numerous museum collections worldwide. As a Professor of Ceramics and Art Appreciation for nearly thirty years in Michigan she mentored and influenced the careers of countless artists. This retrospective exhibition is a new version of the original presented at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit.

Curated by Tom Phardel.


Jan. 18 – May 16, 2020

Explorations in Wood: Selections from The Center for Art in Wood, exhibition

Center for Art in Wood traveling exhibition

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