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The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum hosts

“Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition”


The 2014 Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition will be held at the Museum from June 7 to September 13, 2014. An opening reception to meet the artists will be held at the Museum on Saturday, June 7 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.


     Juror E. Jane Connell, director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Muskegon Museum of Art selected the artworks for the exhibition. Connell earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art history from the University of Massachusetts: Amherst. Prior to her current position, she held curatorial positions at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio and the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and was an independent curatorial consultant, editor and writer. With special interests in 19th century American and 17th century Dutch art, she has organized numerous exhibitions of American and European art, and contributed to many exhibition and permanent collections publications.


See more images of the exhibition HERE and the opening reception HERE


     Most recently, much of Connell’s curatorial efforts have been focused on organizing exhibitions related to the Muskegon Museum of Art’s 100th anniversary in 2012, including “Pictures Of The Best Kind,” “The First 100 Years,” and “New Art For The New Century: The Centennial Collection.” She also oversaw the acquisition of more than 130 new works of art in honor of the 100th anniversary, including important sculptures by Betsy Potter Vonnoh, Helen Farnsworth Mears, Caroline Lee and Kenneth Snelson.


     Additionally, Connell was project director, editor, and contributing essayist to the 400-page history of the museum, “Pictures Of The Best Kind: The First 100 Years Of The Muskegon Museum Of Art,” published in June 2012.


     The prospectus announced that the exhibition was open to all living artists working in sculpture and residing within 200 miles of Saginaw Valley State University, and that the work must be entirely original and completed within the last 5 years.


     “We believe it’s important that the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum and Saginaw Valley State University support working artists, and hosting a biennial sculpture exhibition is an excellent way to do it,” said Marilyn Wheaton, Museum Director. “Connell selected the work of 37 artists from 28 cities in Michigan and 1 in Indiana, representing an outstanding array of sculptural styles and media,” Wheaton added.


     The juror awarded four Merit Awards that will be distributed at the June 7th reception: First place $2,500, supported by the Doll-Loesel Foundation and second place $1,250, third place $850, fourth place $400 and one Honorable Mention supported by the Maxwell K. Pribil Memorial Fund, administered by FirstMerit PrivateBank. The exhibition is supported by grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.


     For more information, call (989) 964-7096 or visit the Museum’s website at www.marshallfredericks.org. The Museum is open to the public Monday – Friday, 11:00 a. m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.
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