Traveling Exhibition: Sketches to Sculptures, Rendered Reality: Sixty Years with Marshall M. Fredericks

Sketches to Sculptures
The Sketches to Sculptures, Rendered Reality: Sixty Years with Marshall M. Fredericks exhibition is drawn from the collections of the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, a single artist museum located at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region.

This unique exhibition represents a 60-year body of work by Marshall M. Fredericks (1908-1998), a 20thcentury traditional figurative sculptor whose sculptures are located in California, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, DC, Wisconsin, Denmark, England, Freeport Grand Bahama Island, Japan, Norway and Sweden.  The exhibition features 30 bronze sculptures; 2 bronze reliefs; an anodized aluminum relief; archival reproductions of 35 drawings and sketches by Marshall Fredericks; a photograph and a letter; and black and white photographs in situ of seven of Fredericks’s sculptures.

The drawings and sketches are taken from the project files contained in Marshall Fredericks’ archives housed at the museum.  Because of the fragility of the drawings and sketches, high quality archival reproductions will travel with the show.  These never before seen works on paper include informal pencil and ink sketches on tracing paper and steno pad paper, formally prepared gouache and conté crayon presentation drawings on board, and bronze sketches and models for the large scale works.  Many of the informal sketches include words penned by Fredericks that explain his idea for materials to be used, possible title and dimensions of a work, and quotations that might be included with memorials.  They all provide insights into the way Fredericks worked.

The exhibition requires about 275 linear feet of wall space for the two-dimensional framed pieces and 3 reliefs, or about 3,000 sq. ft.  The artwork is packed in seven wood crates.

Sketches to Sculpture, Rendered Reality: Sixty Years with Marshall M. Fredericks offers a unique opportunity to look at the creative process of a traditional figurative sculptor from the early informal sketches, to presentation drawings, to small bronze sculptures.  The exhibition comes with an interpretive text panel, electronic exhibition labels for the drawings and didactic labels for the sculptures, and a stunning soft bound exhibition catalogue.  A guest speaker can be recommended for lectures about the artist and his work.

The exhibition catalogue, which retails for $19.95, and Marshall Fredericks related items will travel with the exhibition and be available for sale in museum stores and gift shops.

Cost: Rental fee is $5,000, plus transportation and insurance ($461,100 value).

Preview all objects in this exhibition:

To schedule the exhibition, contact Marilyn L. Wheaton, Museum Director, at