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Saginaw Valley State University (University Center, MI 48710-0001)
Marilyn Louise Wheaton (Project Director: May 2016 to present)

SVSU Marshall M. Fredericks Collection Environmental Study

The purchase of five data loggers and the preparation of a plan for improving the environmental conditions in the galleries and storage areas of the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum. Founded in 1988, the museum collection spans the 70-year career of sculptor Marshall M. Fredericks (1908-1998), and contains over 2,400 plaster models, carved bronze and stone sculptures, historical medallions, and a range of associated objects such as armatures, tools, photographs, and sketch models. Two hundred linear feet of archives contain correspondence, project files, drawings, contracts, and other materials related to the artist’s monumental sculpture and public memorials. Establishing an environmental monitoring program and collaborating with professional engineers specializing in museum climate would provide high-quality data and result in a plan for long-term environmental improvements.

The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum (MFSM) houses an inimitable collection that spans the 70-year career of Fredericks, who is known in America and abroad for his monumental figurative sculpture, public memorials, fountains, portraits, and animals. The collection houses over 2,400 objects including original plaster models and molds, carved sculptures, bronze and stone sculptures from monumental to miniature, and historical medallions. The collection contains armatures, site and sketch models, tools, photographs, memorabilia, and more than 200 linear feet of archives. This educational resource is available for those seeking to understand more about Fredericks’s life and works, and the relationship of Fredericks to 20th century American sculpture, a field poorly understood due to lack of access to materials and the complexity of the art form. With funding, MFSM would purchase five environmental data loggers and develop a plan for improving the Museum's environmental conditions.

Project fields:
Arts, General; Arts, Other

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,935 (approved)
$5,935 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2018