Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Campaign Honorary ChairsJo Anne and Donald PetersenCampaign ChairsSue and Bill VititoeDonald J. BachandAndrew BethuneAshley Boger, SVSU Student RepMadeline BurkeMatt DavisKelly FabianoCarl M. FredericksChris FredericksSuzanne (Suki) FredericksRosalind C. FredericksKonnie GillTheresa HarlanBarbara HellerJames JaimeGary LabadieErnest E. PaulickMuseum Board of DirectorsDawn PumfordAvril RoundtreeRoz Fredericks RymalOdail ThornsDonna VanSteenhouseSue Vititoe, Chair
Preserving the Legacyof Marshall M. FredericksA legacy worth preserving…Marshall Fredericks was an incredibleman with an iconic career. It canbe said that his life was defined byconnections.Marshall Fredericks’s earliest training led to the prestigious HermanMatzen Traveling Scholarship in Sculpture from the ClevelandSchool of Art, which allowed a twenty-two year old Fredericks to seekout renowned sculptor Carl Milles, whose bronze fountain figuresintrigued the young artist. After giving Fredericks the opportunityto work among the stone carvers in his studio at Millesgårdenin Sweden, Milles sent him to Munich where he worked at twoof the finest schools of the time and, while traveling throughoutEurope, experienced the art and architecture of Rome, London andCopenhagen.When he returned to the states, Fredericks reconnected withMilles, then sculptor-in-residence at Cranbrook Academy of Artin Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Milles invited Fredericks to assistin his studio, where the young artist could apply his knowledge ofthe mechanics of large-scale sculpture. Here the budding artist’scareer path became clear. Cranbrook was arguably the finest place todevelop a mastery of the arduous process of bronze sculpture, a keyfactor in the artist’s ongoing training.The founder of Cranbrook,George G. Booth,unknowingly gave Fredericksan early opportunity tocombine his wit and talentwhen he asked the sculptor tocreate a Thinker that wouldlend gravitas to the entry ofthe Cranbrook Art Museum,following in the steps ofAuguste Rodin’s Thinker at the entrance to The Detroit Institute ofArts and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Fredericks displayed bothhis skill and astute humor when he produced a large black granitechimpanzee, The Thinker, which continues to welcome visitors to theCranbrook Art Museum today.1
2Important connections informedFredericks’s extraordinary career path.• In 1936, he won a national competition and was selected todesign the Levi L. Barbour Memorial Fountain on Belle Isle,an island park in the Detroit River.• Three years later Malcolm Stirton, chief designer at Harley,Ellington and Day, Architects, who had been selected todesign the Horace H. Rackham Educational MemorialBuilding across from Paul Cret’s spectacular Detroit Instituteof Arts, hired Fredericks to create 46 carved reliefs for thefacade and several significant architectural enhancementsfor the interior. Stirton’s desire to hire local talent and hisfamiliarity with Fredericks’s Belle Isle fountain and Cranbrooksculptures sealed the deal.• This Rackham Building project led to a commission to designa fountain for the Glass Industries Building at the 1939 NewYork World’s Fair.• Fredericks’s remarkable ability to understand the uniquechallenges of outdoor sculpture brought about the creationof one of his most winning early works, the Two SistersFountain at Cranbrook’s Kingswood School for Girls, whichhe designed in 1940.• World War II inspired Fredericks to join the Army Air Corpin 1942 where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel,serving in south Asia.• During that period, Fredericks made one of the mostsignificant connections of his life when he reacquaintedhimself with Rosalind Bell Cooke, a volunteer driver on thebase in Arizona where he was stationed, and married her in1943. Rosalind became a partner in the development andmanagement of her artist husband’s career, and helped raisetheir five children: Carl, Christopher, Frances, Rosalind, andSuzanne (Suki).• The post war resurgence in American pride stimulateda revitalization of art and architecture, and a desire tomemorialize the fight for freedom. Fredericks was tapped forsignificant works like the Cleveland War Memorial Fountain,the Veterans Memorial Building in Detroit, and the warmemorials for Cleveland’s Eaton Manufacturing Corporationand the University of Michigan.• The artist’s synergistic link with architecture made him afavorite among those who planned, designed and erectedhospitals, civic centers, universities, libraries and auditoriums.Later works, such as The Expanding Universe in the inner courtof the State Department Building in Washington, D.C. andthe spectacular The Spirit of Detroit are shining examples ofFredericks’s determination to connect the viewer of his workwith both aesthetics and a profound message of optimism.
435Along the way, Fredericks’s work connectedwith the heart of a young woman, Dorothy(Honey) Doan, who was studying atCranbrook’s Kingswood School for Girls.Years later the artist and Honey becamereacquainted through her uncle AldenB. Dow, an accomplished architect andsometimes collaborator with Fredericks.Marshall and Rosalind Fredericks becamefriends with Honey and her husbandNed Arbury. That friendship was centralto the incorporation of the Marshall M.Fredericks Sculpture Gallery into the plans for a new fine arts center atSaginaw Valley State University that the Arburys were helping to fund.The purpose of the Gallery was to collect, exhibit, preserve, study,and interpret Marshall Fredericks’s work. It was intended to be aneducational asset andtool for SVSU facultyand students, as well asa significant resource forthe region. It was to be aplace that scholars fromaround the globe, as wellas art aficionados and thegeneral public, wouldvisit and thus serve asa defining asset for theUniversity.The name was officially changed from Gallery to Museum in 1999 tobetter reflect its educational and outreach mission. Today, SVSU classesfrom a variety of disciplines, a dedicated student group, students fromthe region’s K-12 schools, corporations, businesses and civic groupsavail themselves of the resources at the Marshall M. Fredericks SculptureMuseum.In 2003, an addition to the gallery where over 200 of Fredericks’s worksare permanently displayed doubled the size of the Museum, with spacefor changing exhibitions, an expanded gift shop, the Sculptor’s Studio (arepresentation of the artist’s well-known Royal Oak studio), archives andresearch reading room, and a large classroom.About the Photographs1. Marshall Fredericks and Carl Milles with students at the Cranbrook Art Academy2. Marshall and Rosalind Fredericks and their five children3. Cleveland War Memorial Fountain4. Ned and Honey Arbury, Rosalind and Marshall Fredericks and guests5. Sculptor’s Studio at the Museum6. Students drawing in the Museum7. Summer art camp students8. Visiting artist greeting guests9. Main Exhibit Gallery
Marshall M. Fredericks and his Museum at SVSU ...“Businesses seeking to attract creative professionals understand the value of having cultural amenities like the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum inthe region because they enhance our quality of life.” -Matt Davis, The Dow Chemical Company67The Connections Continue“The Museum teaches how inspiration and imagination can take shape andbecome images that move people to thought and laughter and remembranceand reverence. The gifts from Marshall are a treasure for our campus and allthose with whom they are shared.”- Eric Gilbertson, President, SVSU• One of America’s most important and prolific sculptors found a fittingrepository for his art collection, archives, and a representation of hisworking studio.• One of Michigan’s state universities became home to a world-classmuseum and extraordinary collection, one of just a few in the countrydevoted to the work of a single artist.• Students’ academic and personal livesare enriched by the accessibility of theMuseum that is utilized by faculty in finearts, nursing, creative writing, history,sciences, and athletics.• The University has an invaluable asset forattracting students.• An important bond exists between theUniversity and its neighbors throughoutthe Great Lakes Bay Region as theMuseum functions as an asset to area schools, businesses and communitygroups.• Community cultural life is greatly enhanced by the Museum’stemporary exhibitions, classes, lectures, gallery talks, summer artcamps, and much, much more.The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley StateUniversity connects the past to the present and will connect the present to abright and sustainable future.Each donor to this critical effort will play a significant role in preserving thelegacy of a truly gifted and important artist and ensuring the accessibilityof the artwork and archivesof a remarkable Michiganresource.A Private/PublicPartnership thatWorksWhile Marshall Fredericksreferred to the complexprocess of turning a sketch into a monumental bronze sculpture as“Magic,” the magic of this Museum is found in the amazing public/privatecollaboration that enables it to be open to the public, school groups, andclasses from SVSU and other institutions of higher learning six days a weekfree of charge! The University supports operations, including accounting,security, custodial, marketing services, utilities, information technology,and insurance. The private sector, through memberships, donations, eventsponsorships and gifts to the endowments, provides the additional revenuenecessary to fund temporary exhibitions, educational programs, andprofessional and administrative staff to ensure that this remarkable resourceis accessible to visitors of all ages, literally from across the quad and aroundthe globe. Working together, these two critical sources of support prove thatthe whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts.
“When I take my students to the Marshall M. Fredericks Museum I am sharing with them the gift Mr. Fredericks left all of us: a vision that provides a respitefrom the daily grind and a thoughtful reflection on humanity that we might not otherwise bother to examine.” -Sara Clark, SVSU Ceramics Instructor8Mission StatementThe mission of the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum is to celebratethe artistic legacy of Marshall M. Fredericks through collecting, preserving,presenting, and interpreting his life’s work for the educational and culturalenrichment of Saginaw Valley State University and the broadest possibleaudience. Through the Marshall Fredericks objects collection and archives,temporary exhibitions, publications, and education programs, the Museumcontributes to scholarly discourse and serves diverse audiences.To accomplish this mission, the Museum pursues the following strategicobjectives:• Promote awareness, appreciation,preservation, and understandingof the life and works of MarshallM. Fredericks.• Embed an educationalcomponent in everything we do.• Maintain the collection andpresent exhibitions of MarshallFredericks and other artists inaccordance with the highestmuseum standards.• Foster the mission of the Museum and Saginaw Valley State Universitythrough education, research, exhibitions, publications, and outreachefforts.• Increase community awareness and attendance.• Operate in a fiscally responsible and sustainable manner.• Sustain accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.The First 25 Years1988 Dedication ceremonies of the Marshall M. Fredericks SculptureGallery at SVSU.1989 First Museum director hired, setting the path for the institution’sfuture growth.1992 Marshall and Rosalind Fredericks established a ConservationEndowment for the preservation and conservation of his sculpturesand works on paper.1994 Rosalind C. Fredericks Educational Trust established to enhanceeducational programming.2001 Full-time curator of education hired, enabling significant expansionof classes, summer art camps, and programs for youth and adults.2003 Grand opening of Museum expansion that doubled the size of the facility.2006 Strategic plan adopted by the Board of Advisors that would guidethe Museum through 2013.2007 Exhibition Endowment established to support temporary exhibitions.2008 Full-time registrar hired, allowing for rigorous cataloging of theobjects collection, making it accessible to scholars and interestedparties and ensuring up-to-date condition records; Fredericks’sHarlequins restored and unveiled at 20th anniversary celebration.2009 Full-time archivist hired, ensuring that the full body of Fredericks’spersonal and project files are properly documented and madeaccessible through digitization and other technologies.2010 Sketches to Sculptures, Rendered Reality: SixtyYears with Marshall M.Fredericks exhibition created to travel throughout the state and nationally.2011 Board of Advisors approved construction of an exterior entrance andsculpture garden.2012 Museum launched the Preserving the Legacy of Marshall M. FredericksCampaign, a plan to raise $5 million for capital improvements andendowments.2013 Museum celebrates 25th anniversary, introduces its new logo, and isawarded accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.
“Having been a fan of Marshall Fredericks for many years I looked forward to the time when I could bring my twochildren to visit the museum. After 30 minutes of great fun and conversation, I thought it time to offer my attention-challenged 3 and 5 year olds an opportunity to play outside. “Can’t we stay with the sculptures a little longer please?”replied my three year old. I felt my eyes well up as I was again reminded what a wonderful legacy Marshall Frederickshas left to the world, and how fortunate we are to have this collection of his creations available for all to enjoy.”-Madeline BurkeA future designed to preserve that legacy...All that has been accomplished is simply a stepping off point for thefuture in which we ensure that the legacy of both Marshall Fredericksand his Museum lives in perpetuity.A long-range strategic plan was completed in 2012, with substantialinput from the University, community, Museum board and staff, andother key constituents. In addition to calling for continual growth inexhibitions, educational programs and community outreach, the planhighlights significant enhancements to the facility and its endowmentsto further its artistic mission, continue its impressive path as auniversity and regional educational and cultural asset, and expand itsservice to artists, scholars, researchers and visitors from around theglobe. Key improvements focus on:• The addition of an exterior entrance that will create a highlyvisible and welcoming threshold into the galleries and set alevel of anticipation about what awaits inside, while serving asa physical connection between the indoor galleries and a greatlyenhanced exterior space. It is an essential step in distinguishingthe Museum’s presence on the SVSU campus.• Extending the gallery space by expanding the Sculpture Gardento display more than twenty of Fredericks’s works, some ofwhich will be relocated from other areas of campus. Smallbotanical displays, seating, and winding pathways complementing thestunning Night and Day Fountain will encourage extended visits andheighten usage.• With the recent granting of accreditation by the American Alliance ofMuseums, a very significant recognition of the highest of professionalstandards and practices, the board realized that ensuring the futureis absolutely critical. Thus the strategic vision calls for building theendowments to ensure adequate investment income that will guaranteea top rate, professional staff to plan and implement a heightenedlevel of educational programs, ensure conservation of art work andpreservation of the archives, and bring memorable exhibitions to theMuseum, all for the benefit of the University and the region.To accomplish these goals, the Museum Board of Advisors and UniversityBoard of Control have approved the launch of Preserving the Legacy ofMarshall M. Fredericks Campaign.Please become a part of this movement to ensure: maintenance of thecollection; accessibility of the archives; extraordinary experiences visiting theSculptor’s Studio; and diversity and quality of temporary exhibitions. WithYOUR support, the trajectory of the first 25 years will continue well intothe future.A future designed to preserve that legacy...
“The importance of the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum is the celebration of the incredible legacy that travels from Marshall through his mentor Carl Milles,to Milles’ mentor Auguste Rodin. This is a legacy to be protected and nurtured for years to come and the Fredericks family is committed to supporting this endeavor.”-Carl Fredericks9
A creative option for supporting the Preserving The Legacy Campaign: Please consider purchasing a Marshall M. Fredericks commemorative bronzesculpture with a tax deductible donation of $10,000 above the market values noted under the images below and be recognized as a donor to theendowment campaign.Naming & Recognition Opportunities for Giftsto the Capital & Endowment Campaign:A capital and endowment campaignto ensure that the trajectory established in the Museum’s first quarter century continues in perpetuityCapital Campaign - Museum• $700,000 will name the Main Exhibit Gallery • $500,000 will name the Museum Entrance• $300,000 will be recognized in the Sculptor’s Studio • $250,000 will name the Museum Classroom• $250,000 will name each of two Temporary Exhibition Galleries• $100,000 will name the Museum Gift ShopCapital Campaign - Sculpture Garden• $100,000 will be recognized in the presentation of the Night and DayFountain• $50,000 will be recognized in the presentation of a sculpture (14 available)• $25,000 will name a botanical bed in the garden (4 available)• $10,000 will name a bench (10 available)A $500,000 gift has named the Jo Anne and Donald Petersen Sculpture Garden.Endowment Campaign OpportunitiesEndowments may be named for dedicated gifts of $500,000 and joinedwith other gifts to reach the desired goal. Gifts of any size constitute animportant addition to the endowments.• Endowed Curator of Education $1 million• Endowed Museum Archivist $1 million• Exhibition Endowment $1 millionA multi-year pledge payment schedule is available at your request.All gifts of $500 or more will be recognized on a donor wall in the Museum.“Marshall Fredericks was a magnificent sculptor and a dear friend.We are grateful to honor his legacy with a major gift to this campaign.”-Jo Anne and Donald PetersenCircus Clown27” x 11½” x 6”Market Value: $25,000Two Bears16½” x 14” x 8”Market Value: $25,000Boy and Bear11” x 11” x 5½”Market Value: $15,000The Thinker13” x 9” x 9”Market Value: $12,000Siberian Ram9” x 8” x 5¾”Market Value: $10,000Ann Arbor Eagle10¾” x 6¾” x 6¾”Market Value: $5,000The Spirit of Detroit12”x14¼”x 4¼”Market Value: $10,000Creative Option