Mosaic: A Collective Art Experience

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 will be created using a 16” x 20” canvas provided free of charge by the Museum. The Museum can also provide various art supplies and then it is up to the artists what other media they choose to use in creating their artworks. In advance of the exhibition opening, individuals can pick up their canvas and supplies at the Museum during regular open hours – Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Groups interested in art supplies and/or workshops should call to schedule with Museum staff by calling 989-964-7096.

DEADLINE: The deadline to submit art for inclusion in the exhibition opening is July 1, 2022. 

ENTRY FORM: Click here for the artist entry form.  Please fill out  and return with your artwork.

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.

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

View the exhibition virtually (coming soon)

Support for this exhibition is provided by: