July 16 – August 27, 2022
“Mosaic” celebrates artists of all backgrounds and abilities making their mark. Every piece included in this show is equally important to the overall visual impact. Just like every small piece in a mosaic is needed for the final image to come together, we need many ways of thinking and creating to make this initiative a success.
“Artists with disabilities are often underrepresented in gallery settings, and we believe this needs to change,” states Megan McAdow, director of the Marshall M. Fredericks Museum. She continues “this exhibition aims to shed light on the diverse talents of individuals with disabilities not just in Saginaw but in our surrounding communities.” Colleen Dolan, a Midland area artist says “I’m excited for the opportunity to show my work. I love making art because I don’t like being bored, and it gives me a purpose in my day.”
The Museum is already working with the Disability Network of Mid-Michigan and several other organizations to connect with artists for inclusion in the exhibition. Museum staff are facilitating workshops both at the Museum and in the community around the creation of new works of art. The works will be hung ‘salon style’ — mounted floor to ceiling throughout the gallery to create one large mosaic work.
Each work in this exhibition was created using a 16” x 20” canvas provided free of charge by the Museum. The Museum also provided various art supplies and then it was up to the artists to create their masterpieces.
Add to the MOSAIC
There will also be opportunities during the run of the exhibition for visitors to make their own artworks at the Museum and be added to the gallery installation. This ‘collective art experience’ is available for all to participate in, including families and friends. An online version of the exhibition will further accessibility with options to submit artworks digitally for inclusion in the virtual exhibition. Participants can also submit works through the Museum’s social media pages to be added to the Museum’s website.
In addition to the exhibition the Museum will host several programs.
Pop Art Pets / Choose your favorite from a selection of different cat and dog outlines to trace as you compose your work of art … No drawing expertise needed! Have fun filling in each section of your piece with colors and patterns. This process is like a coloring book on canvas, and a great way to pay homage to your favorite furry friends.
Creative Cubism / Draw inspiration from the creative setting as you choose a favorite sculpture to draw on your canvas using the blind contour method. In cubism, a 3-dimensional object is often shown from multiple angles at once, so you could even layer over a couple different views in your illustration. Afterwards, fill your outline in using your favorite colors for a unique, abstracted memento of your time at the museum.
Support for this exhibition is provided by: